Opulent still life
In the semi-darkness of a room, an opulent still life is presented in the center of the picture on a rectangular, brightly shimmering marble table that runs into the depths and dominates the front width of the picture: a spherical rose bouquet of white-orange-yellow-pink filled blossoms in an amphora-like silver vase, half lit, a shimmering ivory patisson placed in front of it, to its left carefully placed light green and brownish pears on a round woven base, and a half-covered flat wicker basket placed behind the vase.
While the right side behind the two Thonet chairs standing at the table is defined by long, folded gray curtain panels and adjoining dark glass panes, the opposite left half of the room and the rear wall are submerged in dramatic black - broken only by a passageway into the brightly lit kitchen (with the round gong hanging above the door and a graphic by Sovak mounted on the wall), which is adjoined by another lightless room.
Everything is a little more complicated,
than it seems at first glance.
Sovak (with Anna Friedrichson), 2016, p. 19.