The woman's body is luscious but self-contained, suggesting that this is not an erotic pose, not quite. She is naked from the waist up, her heavy breasts seeming to offer an invitation, yet her thoughtful glance, staring out beyond the picture, suggests that she has other things on her mind.
The painting, titled Self-Portrait as Tahitian, poses a question. If the artist isn't Tahitian, nor, as her dark skin and full lips suggest, European, what are her origins?
In fact, this painting is the work of the important, but now little-known, 20th-century Hungarian-Indian artist Amrita Sher-Gil, whose brief and brilliant career ended with her tragic death at the age of 28.