Three’s Company

Söhl, Manfred: Three’s Company
19.25in. x 15.25in.
oil on canvas

HGH comments: I can never look at Söhl’s work from the 70s without a certain amount of sadness. Three’s Company is certainly one of his best, and I’m afraid we are not going to have any more. As a police commissioner of the city of Hamburg he devoted most of his free time and many of his nights to his prostitution pictures.

In the style of the classic portrait we see a hustler and two prospective clients — not to worry, she will be forgiven, she’s religious. His works are outstanding in style and technique and worthy representatives of naïve art of the 20th century. His humorous and earthy work was replaced by another style of his own, namely lyrical landscapes, similar to Rabuzin.