This painting places three figures in the foreground, one of whom is say down with her back to us. The other two are stood up, facing the viewer. They are both looking across to the right hand side as we look at the picture. Behind them is a bright and colourful landscape scene, cropped aggressively so that we only just see a small element of sky and some tall trees. A small stream trickles down the left hand side of the composition and the overall feeling is one of nature and primitive humanity. Kirchner produced a number of African-influenced sculptures and appears to bring them to life in this multi-figure portrait.
The bathers are completed in long brushstrokes of orange and yellow along with just a few touches of green around their shoulders that is the same colour used elsewhere in the scene. Typically Kirchner would stick to a small palette for his paintings and concentrate more on expressing his emotions that trying to create realistic reproductions of what he could see. He then makes use of lighter tones of pink to create rock faces which provide the main part of the backdrop behind the bathers. The method of producing the trees is consistent with several of his landscape paintings, reducing them to fairly simple, almost childlike combinations of shapes.
Kirchner was a key member of a strand of the German Expressionist movement and this overall umbrella of related styles brought together influences from global art as well as some techniques from local German artists from the past. Their fusion would inspire many in the 21st century, particularly in terms of avoiding academic training as well as allowing their ideas to run free without concerning themselves too much with supposed artistic principles from previous generations.