The painting shows a man in half-length, standing in half-profile. He is wearing a black-purple vest. The red collar of his shirt underneath the vest can be seen. The gaze of the sitter is turned directly towards the viewer. His complexion is unusual, consisting of yellowish and – for the parts in shadow – reddish elements. In the background there are two blue and two brown boxes that meet at an angle to each other behind the sitter. The background resembles a building or street corner, but cannot be either due to the vanishing lines.