Bather immediately feels a little unique within Braque's career. Yes, it uses the same colour scheme as other paintings from that same year, but the content is surprising. We find a single model standing, with an arm outstretched. It feels almost primitive, as if inspired by art from civilizations of the past. Whilst following tenets of modern art, everything is identifiable within the painting, and the arrangement of limbs is entirely what one would expect. There is not the fractual structure of classic cubism which appeared in the artist's career just a few years earlier, whilst in partnership with the extraordinary talent of Picasso. One also assumes that this piece was constructed outdoors, which would also have been unusual during this period of his career.
Braque, of course, worked outside for inspiration during his time as a Fauvist, where landscape art was his major concern, but after moving away from those bright colour schemes, he would prefer the accessibility of still life arrangements from the comfort of his own studio. Perhaps in the year of 1925 he sought another level of experimentation and the colour scheme used in this painting is still bright and upbeat, just with enough darker tones to offset and balance the piece. The figure is produced in mainly brown tones, with touches of dark grey to form the suggestion of muscular features. It feels almost like a classical sculpture, such as Michelangelo's David, but repurposed as a modern art painting.
Perhaps we should not be too surprised to see the artist produce this painting of a bather, for it was a regular theme within the career of Paul Cezanne - an artist who is known to have been heavily influential on Braque. Cezanne himself gave us famous works such as The Large Bathers, The Bathers and Women Bathing. It was actually the style, rather than content, though that Braque took from Cezanne, where slightly fractal work across a composition was essentially an early version of Cubism. Another related artist who took on this theme regularly was Renoir, who gave us the likes of Les Grandes Baigneuses amongst a whole plethora of similarly inspired and planned pieces.