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The portrait of the author, Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848-1907), is reproduced in halftone and displayed in portrait orientation. The author is pictured sitting at a table in three-quarter profile, looking down towards the table. His legs are crossed with his left knee facing the viewer. He leans his head on his left hand, with left elbow resting on the table. His right arm rests on his lap. His hair is short and thin. Attention is paid to the lines in his forehead and the side of his face with white pastel highlighting details. He has a moustache and beard, styled to a point. He wears a suit and tie. His shirt collar and cuffs are highlighted in white pastel. The artist has finished the head and torso, but left the legs and bottom half of the sitter sketchy.