Rather statuesque, this woman fixes the viewer with her gaze. The pallor of her face is accentuated by the red garment and lipstick.
This ‘portrait’ was painted the same year as Woman with the Red Dress. The treatment is much freer and the prominent ears show a streak of humour.
Richard had a hip operation in his late 70s. This surgeon may be a memory of his hospital experience. Surgeons do not have a kindly bedside manner but one hopes they are efficient.