• Old Worker

    Artist:
    Nagel, Otto. 1894-1967
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    67х52 cm

Nagel, Otto. 1894-1967

Old Worker

Germany, 1923

Without the opportunity to study, the factory worker Otto Nagel was able to practise painting independently only in the evenings and at weekends. He became a “free artist” out of necessity, although joyfully, only after he had been dismissed for organizing a strike. After joining the German Communist Party in the early 1920s, the artist wanted to create a large composition devoted to the proletariat of his country. Worker with a Wall-Eye was one of the preparatory pieces for that unrealized project. Although the picture was clearly painted from life, it is more a generalized image of a worker than a portrait of a specific person. It is no coincidence that the artist did not preserve the name of his model in the title.

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Old Worker

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oil

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67х52 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1948; handed over from the State Museum of New Western Art in Moscow

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-9073

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