In this notable self-portrait, one of various that she painted along her life, Aurelia de Souza examines her own face with a disturbing lucidity. The intense expression of the look is reinforced by the geometric pattern of the dress, medallion and coat. The absolute frontality, the symmetry underlined by the vertical line that divides the hair and continues along the nose across the lips, as far as the lace of the dress and her coat, as well as the contrast of the coloured surfaces, reinforce an evident abstract quality, herald of modernity.