1885/90, oil/paper/cardboard, 20,5 x 8,5 cm, on the reverse inscribed "Dieses Bild habe ich von Wilhelm Busch als von ihm gemalt erhalten. Hattorf a. Harz, 1.10.1928. Hermann Nöldeke, P." - We are grateful to Ruth Brunngraber-Malottke of the Wilhelm Busch Museum Hannover for kindly confirming the authenticity. She will include the painting in the catalogue raisonné. Prov.: Hermann Nöldeke, nephew of the artist, thence by descent to Anna Nordhausen, Herzberg. By the middle of the 1890s Busch gave up painting for reasons of medical condition. The painting is from the last and best period of his artistic career when the artist by reduction of detail and an expressive style achieved a degree of abstraction that was far ahead of its time. - One of the most important humoristic German draughtsman, studied in Düsseldorf, Antwerp a. Munich where he joined the artist"s club "Jung-München", after working in Frankfurt for a short time he spent the rest of life in his Lower Saxony homeland since 1978, becoming a maverick, towards the end of his artistic career he developed an abstract avantgardist style, his world famous picture stories like "Max and Moritz" make him a pioneer of comic drawing. - Mus.: Hannover (Wilhelm-Busch-Mus.), München (Neue Pinakothek) a. others. - Lit.: Thieme-Becker, Bénézit, R. Hochhuth (ed.), W. B. - Sämtliche Werke u. eine Auswahl der Skizzen u. Gemälde (2 Bde., 1959) u.a.