red-eyed and balding telegraph operator at desk in foreground; postman in uniform, R background

© Albert Birkle %2F Artists Rights Society %28ARS%29%2C New York

The Telegraph Operator, 1927

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Birkle painted this during the Weimar Republic (1919–33), the era in Germany between the devastating end of World War I and before the rise of the Nazi Party. German artists were turning from the emotional brushstrokes of Expressionism to the realism of New Objectivity. Portraits were common, but were used to depict social types instead of individuals—here, a man and his profession but not his personality. And yet the anxiety of the war can still be seen in his eyes and the spying stare of the messenger in the background.

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Title
The Telegraph Operator
Artist Life
1900 - 1986
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.55.1
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red-eyed and balding telegraph operator at desk in foreground; postman in uniform, R background

© Albert Birkle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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