They've been searching like this for ages , 1954
About the object
In his paintings, Rudolf Riester often depicts people looking into the distance. In this painting, however, we see three people stooping and scanning the ground at their feet. The distribution of the figures within the composition creates a set of interacting negative and positive shapes. Not unlike a sculptor, Riester plays with the respective volumes and forms of his figures so that they relate closely to one another compositionally. Concentrating intently on their search, they do not make eye contact with one another. This tension between form and content is encapsulated by Riester's narrative title for the painting: They've been searching like this for ages.