The red fabric of her elegant gown envelops the delicate figure. Her head is supported by her hand with noticeably long fingers in a melancholy gesture, lending Käthe von Porada (1891-1983) a pensive look. The exaggerated vertical format of the portrait emphasises the gentility of the subject seated on the throne-like chair. The mirror framing her head resembles a halo. Beckmann met Porada in Frankfurt in 1922. During the 1930s, when she lived in Paris, she supported him with great commitment. When one of his exhibitions was cancelled on political grounds, she spontaneously decided to hold it in her own apartment.