Depicted here is an artist, a man, standing beside a human skeleton that hands from a wire, wearing a most pensive expression as he awaits to write upon the notepad he holds. Corinth, a leading artist in the German Expressionism movement, utilizes the austere sketch style distinct of the age- the series of short, parallel pen strokes pose a sense of urgency and simplicity, as if the work was created as the artist was viewing the this scene in actuality. The overall starkness may even be considered quite eerie. The skeleton bares a faint grin, an expression highly dissimilar to the deadpan artist. This juxtaposition touches on the theme of not only a personified Death, but that Death "danced" through this era: Death, even at his end, beams from his wire hanging.