The woodcut shows three women bathing in the sea in different postures and movements. On the upper edge, clouds and a bright sun define the wide horizon. The Swiss-born painter Félix Vallotton (1865–1925) moved to Paris at the age of 17 for his training to be an artist. He then went on to develop a novel artistic vocabulary in the circles of the Nabis artist group that built on the innovations brought by Impressionism. Under the influence of Japanese colored woodblock prints, Vallotton developed his figures with strong outlines and their surroundings with stark black and white contrasts. Innovative segmentations of the picture area and deliberately flat pictorial planes manifest his new understanding of space and subjective view of a popular subject of the fin-de-siècle.