This is a fantasy of the artist. Under the sea, the painter pictured himself conversing with his double, and sharing tea and laughter on the back of an immense line.
The composition of the painting recalls that of the cage in its dreamlike dimension: the protagonists are found in the middle of a group of heterogeneous animals - here, fish - whose beauty of shapes and colors seizes us.
Joyful, however, the scene leaves an impression of danger with the presence of the shark that prowls nearby ... But perhaps the predator is only a guardian, a protective totem?