Description & Technical information

The text accompanying this little still life sketch may be translated as:

‘Dear Aunt
 I am currently 
a little nervous
not very - but still
so please forgive me for 
this + that
- if
thank you.’

The ‘Liebe Tante’ referred to in this note is likely to be the artist’s aunt Anna Janssen, his mother’s younger sister, who lived in Hamburg and adopted the young Horst Janssen in 1944, a year after the death of his mother.

Dated 19/6/74 at the upper left, and extensively inscribed Liebe Tante / ich bin im Moment / etwas nervös / nicht sehr - aber doch / verzeih also bitte / dies + das / - wenn / danke. at the lower centre.
Laid down.

Medium: Pen and brown ink and grey wash
Dimensions: 19.7 x 16.2 cm (7³/₄ x 6³/₈ inches)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints