This painting formerly belonged to Picasso's friend Roland Penrose. Penrose became determined to own it after seeing a reproduction of the painting in a magazine and being 'transfixed by that pair of black eyes which seemed to burn through any obstacle.' The theme of bathers on a beach occupies an important place in Picasso's work and recurs frequently. However, this is a particularly sexually aggressive image. The figure has her legs splayed open, while the phallic anchor points suggestively towards her.