The Count St Genois d’Anneaucourt was a well-known figure in Viennese society, where Schad (German, 1894-1982) had family connections. St. Genois d’Anneaucourt was known partly for being an aristocrat and diplomat, and partly for being the object of great speculation about where his sexual preferences lay. He never said, so Schad portrays the Count elegantly dressed in evening clothes here, looking somewhat trapped while standing before two figures garbed in sheer gowns. They eye each other as if rivals for his attention, one a rather severe and mannish woman (identified as Baroness Glasen, for whom the Count often served as a male escort), the other a transvestite. Schad has put a rather smug expression on the transvestite’s face, but that was merely a guess on the artist’s part.