An art commission: in 1868 Victor Müller signed a contract with Bruckmann, the Munich art publishers, concerning his involvement in a Shakespeare cycle. The paintings were to be sold and their reproductions distributed at the same time in large numbers via the trade. It was obvious that the artist would have to meet the expectations of the conservative purchasing sector. "The overall result is a vast excess of emotions. Melancholy, elegiac, smug, unhappy: in short, decidedly weird," complained Müller about his work. This was not the right place for radical picture solutions.