Blind Man's Buff
On loan from a private collection, © Private collection, London

A young girl announces her presence to the man in armour by thrusting flowers at him. We see only his merry eyes. Yet this frivolous game is overshadowed by a glowering figure behind. Menzel is a master at depicting surfaces, hard and soft, and at suggesting enigmatic psychological states.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1815 - 1905
Full title
Blind Man's Buff
Date made
1867
Medium and support
Gouache on paper laid on cardboard
Dimensions
29.4 × 22.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
On loan from a private collection
Inventory number
L1218
Location in Gallery