The Mystery of Hugo Gellert and an unidentified man, circa 1950

Black and white photograph of two men in a gallery. The man on the right, who is slightly taller (unidentified man), has his arms around the shoulder of the man on the left (Hugo Gellert). Both men are wearing suits and ties, and Gellert is wearing glasses and has a mustache. They are standing next to a panel with three artworks. The piece closest to them (most visible) is a charcoal line drawing of a woman sitting in a windowsill with curtains sweeping around her.
Hugo Gellert and an unidentified man, circa 1950. G.D. Hackett, photographer. Hugo Gellert papers. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The Mystery:

Where: An exhibit of Gellert's works

When: circa 1950

Who: Illustrator and muralist Hugo Gellert (on left) and unidentified man (on right)

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