Lonely awardee


Here is another work by Wolfgang Mattheuer, I showed his sculpture, Man with a Mask, a few days ago. This painting shows a woman in East Germany who is celebrating some kind of award at her workplace.  As you can see, she doesn't look terribly excited about the award. In fact, she looks like she'd rather be just about anywhere else. Mattheuer had a talent for letting the alienation of the Eastern Block shine through his works, but not so much that they wouldn't pass the censors.

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  1. wow. very droll - i think that's the word i want to use.

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  2. I can read her mind: "What a freaking joke. Just get this over with so I can go home. And how about a raise while you're at it. Can't eat the damned flower."

    Well, hey, she could have been thinking that.

    Re Ocala: Please check tomorrow's post for more on the beer truck and ask yourself if I might try to fool people. Nah.

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    1. I think you're probably spot on with her thoughts, Lowell!

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  3. Amazing this got past the censors.

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  4. Just like life itself. Sometimes you really don't know what to do or to think in a situation. Its really art to capture such a moment. Great painting.

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  5. I think I'd have censored this one...

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  6. I like how it shows the contrast between happy (or beauty) and sad.

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  7. It's definitely a painting that demands attention.

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  8. She probably would have censored herself on this one.

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  9. A disturbing picture, the painting that is not the photograph

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  10. Yes, she seems to be just tolerating being there because she has no choice. A little sad.

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  11. This is a real commentary on the Eastern Block. Not a happy time.

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  12. I think she needs to switch jobs ;-)

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  13. It is a fine painting, Hal, but very disturbing.

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  14. A painting that evokes emotion in we who look at it. The artist is gifted.

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