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" Meine hosen machen mir viel verdrusz"

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Verses in pen and ink beginning: Meine Hosen machen mir/ viel Verdrusz... "My trousers are giving me a lot of trouble. It is no wonder that I have lots to cry about. Isn't it terrible how people ridicule me because I am standing so queerly, without pants and without money. The whole world is laughing at me. Look how seven women are fluttering around the good smell of the trousers. Oh how crazy the world is! It is absolutely unbelievable that seven women are fighting over my poor old pants."


Maxim Karolik (1893-1963, Newport); by whom given to MFA October 11, 1956

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

Battle of the hose

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1335, fig. 355 (Folk artists)


Sheet: 28.4 x 39.2 cm (11 3/16 x 15 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Pen and watercolor on paper


Prints and Drawings