In The Virgin in the Tree, the image of a female nude uncomfortably balanced just beyond the viewer is an enigmatic image which can be explained by an examination of Klee's letter to his fiancé, Lily Stumpf, dated July 1903. "What can one infer from it? A truth, at least, of forced but sacred virginity which is, of course, of no use at all. A criticism of bourgeois society." (quoted in Comte, Paul Klee, Woodstock, 1989, p. 10).