This early work by Boucher depicts a flirtatious young man in a rustic room and reflects the artist's penchant for ambiguous love affairs.
Kitchen utensils, dead and living animals and primitive architecture are depicted in minute detail, using shades of brown and green. This aesthetic was inspired by 17th century Dutch painting, which was hugely popular among Parisian art collectors in Boucher's time. However, Boucher breaks away from the moral and plastic rigour of the Dutch in favour of a deliberately sensual tonality in the treatment of the subject matter and, of course, the relationship between the two young people. Will the lover succeed in his attempt to seduce the beautiful kitchen maid? Could the broken egg at the young woman's feet be a discreet but clear allusion to the loss of her virginity?