Hans Baluschek’s painting, Beim Weihnachtsbaumverkauf (translated: When selling Christmas trees) reminded me of the festive spirit that pervades the month of December. A father with parcels in hand, accompanied by a young daughter, is in the background. Father and daughter appear to be entering a grocery store. But the focus is the conversation in the foreground. Are the seller and buyer in a price negotiation? Do they know each other? Perhaps they are asking after each other’s family and plans for Christmas.
Beim Weihnachtsbaumverkauf is a delightful confirmation of Hans Baluschek’s desire to portray life of real people, who worked, played and laughed.