Félix Vallotton, The Lie, 1898⁠⠀

A finely-dressed couple sits in a Parisian living room. She is stretched across the man’s lap whispering in his ear. Her curvy body indicates that she may be pregnant. As the title indicates, the painting is about a lie. What is she whispering?⁠⠀

Both figures have flushed cheeks. The man looks pleased as he embraces the woman, yet his eyebrow is raised; is he the one who has told the lie and is now seeing the results of his cunning?⁠

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