The Waiting

Year: 1910

Description: (Click the image in order to appreciate the full scene.)

Hermann-Paul held bureaucrats in particular scorn. In this scene, the next appointment is early and ready to fulfill his obligation. But it's not yet time for the scheduled meeting, so the official waits. He bides his time in smug satisfaction as moments slowly slip away. The official is little more than a theif. He steals time from an anxious man. There's no reason for this theft. He takes his time because he can.

This is a unusual composition. It measures 6-1/2 x 16" (17x41 cm).  

Provenance: Private Collection

  • Galerie Saint Georges, Paris (2015)

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