The Irritating Gentleman: Berthold Woltze

Berthold Woltze: The Irritating Gentleman

Berthold Woltze’s The Irritating Gentleman from 1876 depicts a girl dressed in the black of mourning with a tearful face who looks out to us with a resigned expression on here face, perhaps asking us with her gaze to disencumber her of the attentions of the man leaning over to her. The painting is done in Realist style yet the face of the ignorant man has the quality of a caricature.

Berthold Woltze’s The Irritating Gentleman is in the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin.

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