Beckmann enjoyed the carefree hours he spent with his friends the Carls in Frankfurt, whom he visited regularly and often. Mr. Carl was the brother-in-law of his painter friend Ugi Battenberg. This portrait was painted on commission in the final year of the First World War. It shows the husband before a closed window with a worried look on his face; outside, dark clouds gather between bright red facades. His wife gently endeavours to cheer him up. The hyacinth glass on the left is a symbol of fidelity.