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Reading the News

Christian Mayr1844

National Academy of Design

National Academy of Design

Reading the News is one of Mayr's few extant genre paintings, an interest that dominated the last years of his life. The composition of this work centers around a well-to-do, middle-aged man, engrossed in his newspaper. His seated posture is curiously echoed by the forelegs of the dog at lower right. Inside the shop a young shoemaker makes a gesture of derision or in simulation of drinking.

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