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(64.14 x 75.88 x 0.32 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "25 1/4 in.", "Disp_Width" : "29 7/8 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "Stretcher", "Medium" : "Oil on cardboard", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Oil on cardboard", "Info_Page_Comm" : "Verso of <i>Plauderei</i> (Conversation) ", "Dedication" : "Founding Collection, Gift of Charles and Emma Frye, 1952.047.B", "Copyright_Type" : "", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "Painting", "Creation_Place2" : "", "Department" : "European Early", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Related_Sibling" : [ { "Rel_Obj_ID" : "3435", "Rel_Obj_Title" : "Plauderei (Conversation)" } ], "Curator" : "<span>5/7/15 - switched title back to “Dressing the Children” because the original title of “Plauderei” (according to Galerie Heinemann records) more closely matches the other side of the painting, which is also the more finished side. Therefore considering “Plauderei” to be the recto (A-side) and “Dressing the Children” as the verso (B-side).<br/>9/10/14 - switched orientation so that former verso “Untitled” is now front of the painting; this side has the signature and date. No known title. <br/>7/6/12 - changed title from “Dressing the Children” to original German title per information on Galerie Heinemann''s website (See 1952.047A). <br/>“ Dressing the Children” is considered unfinished due to the sketchiness.See painting on verso.<br/><br/>************************************************************************<br/>Moved from Proficio, Author/date unknown: <br/><br/><span style="font-family:''Calibri'';font-size:11pt">Rococo Figure Piece is a period genre painting showing five elegantly clothed men and women engaged in a salon conversation. The carefully composed tableau offers a harmonious array of pastel colors applied with fine brushstroke, while at the same time creating significant surface texture. A woman dressed in white with a wide flowing dress and opened fan is emphasized at the center of the scene. While the composition and figure arrangement of Figure Piece remains formal, the choice of color is remarkably modern.<br/><br/>Dressing the Children is an unfinished composition on the back of the Rococo genre piece. There is evidence from other similar works in the artist''s oeuvre that he recycled his panels with paintings or studies on the reverse, often using cardboard instead of canvas as his surface. Both material and recycling appear to indicate that Geffcken tried to economize on the  costs of otherwise expensive artist''s supplies. <br/><br/>More freely painted, this composition shows two ladies dressing three boys in Rococo costumes. While the distinctness of the children''s costumes may indicate a historical genre painting, the ladies'' attire sets the stage for a different narrative: the women seem to be dressing the children for a theme party or costume parade in the artist''s contemporary world. Though incomplete, Dressing the Children illustrates the artist''s fine sense of color, his eye for composition, and his masterful brushwork. The costumes'' distinct colors, blue, purple and pink, create both a balance and a lively interplay before the painting''s dark background. The placement of the figures from left to right support the narrative of getting dressed and waiting for the other children, while the artist''s free and tactile brushstrokes bring life and texture to the  panel. The sketchiness of this composition suggests that it was an unfinished study, on the back of which the signed and dated Rococo figure piece was later executed.</span></span>", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/1952.047B_Nicol_Low-Res.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/1952.047B_Nicol_Low-Res.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/1952.047B_Nicol_Low-Res.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/1952.047B_Nicol_Low-Res.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "11402", "Image_Type" : "", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] },{ "embark_ID" : 3435, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/3435", "Disp_Access_No" : "1952.047.A", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "1908-1918", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1908", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1918", "Disp_Title" : "Plauderei (Conversation)", "Alt_Title" : "Figure Piece", "Obj_Title" : "<i>Plauderei</i> (Conversation)", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Walter Geffcken", "Sort_Artist" : "Geffcken, Walter", "Disp_Dimen" : "25 1/4 x 29 7/8 x 1/8 in. 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Therefore considering it to be the recto (A-side) and “Dressing the Children” as the verso (B-side).<br/>9/10/14 - switched orientation so that former verso “Untitled” is now front of the painting; this side has the signature and date. No known title.<br/>7/6/12 - changed title from “Dressing the Children” to original German title per information on Galerie Heinemann''s website:<br/><br/> <span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-weight:bold">Geffcken, Walter (1872-1950) <span style="color:#0000FF;text-decoration:underline">Geffcken, Walter<br/>PND-Nr.: 116479183<br/>Dt., 19./20.Jh.<br/>Maler</span> <span style="color:#0000FF;text-decoration:underline">PND-Nr.: 116479183</span>Kunstwerk-ID: 3643<br/>Plauderei<br/></span><br/>Direktlink: http://heinemann.gnm.de/de/kunstwerk-3643.htm<br/></span><span style="font-family:''Times New Roman'';font-size:12pt"><br/></span><span style="font-size:11pt">Material: Karton </span><span style="font-family:''Times New Roman'';font-size:12pt"><br/></span><span style="font-size:11pt">Maße (h x b): 63 x 76 cm </span><span style="font-family:''Times New Roman'';font-size:12pt"><br/></span><span style="font-size:11pt">Ausgangsdatum: 07.06.1914 </span><span style="font-family:''Times New Roman'';font-size:12pt"><br/></span><span style="font-size:11pt">Verkaufspreis: 2800  </span><span style="font-family:''Times New Roman'';font-size:12pt"><br/></span><span style="font-size:11pt">Typ: Heinemann-Kunstwerk </span><span style="font-family:''Times New Roman'';font-size:12pt"><br/></span><span style="font-size:11pt">Heinemann Nr.: 12137 <br/>Kunde(n): Charles H. Frye, Seattle, Käufer</span><br/><br/><br/>***************************************************************************<br/><br/>Moved from Proficio, Author/date unknown: <br/><br/><span style="font-family:''Calibri'';font-size:11pt">Rococo Figure Piece is a period genre painting showing five elegantly clothed men and women engaged in a salon conversation. The carefully composed tableau offers a harmonious array of pastel colors applied with fine brushstroke, while at the same time creating significant surface texture. A woman dressed in white with a wide flowing dress and opened fan is emphasized at the center of the scene. While the composition and figure arrangement of Figure Piece remains formal, the choice of color is remarkably modern.<br/><br/>Dressing the Children is an unfinished composition on the back of the Rococo genre piece. 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