Known in her younger days as the "siren with green eyes " Claire Rirschmann retains her grace and charm in this portrait bust of her at a mature age. Carved in white marble she is a handsome woman in her later years with a forceful presence. As she turns with a steady gaze her upright pose conveys self-assurance. Her unconventional expression suggests intelligence and strength as it shows her with a furrowed brow caught in a moment of thought. The lace edging on her blouse and the waves in her upswept hair add animation to the smooth surface while the termination of the bust is softened with a shawl loosely knotted around the shoulders and waist.