This painting has an emphasis on voyeurism. The female figure sits in the foreground pleasuring herself apparently unaware that she’s being observed. The lurking male figure seems much older and larger than the female. There’s a very sinister feel to it .
The couple in this painting is no longer in harmony. The adornment is missing, the tranquility is gone. There’s tension in the layout. The female form is almost broken, legs splayed, her genitals exposed and stained deep crimson, The male’s mouth looks almost as though it’s been sewn shut, the fish have grown wings and they to seem to be silenced by stitches. Their expressions are worried. They stare as they fly over. It’s very disturbing imagery that leaves the viewer with questions about what happened.