Artist's name, title, and medium recorded on paper label affixed to verso.
The calligraphy is engraved into, rather than written on top of, the painting's impasto surface looking like parchment. The calligraphy emerges from the dark layer of paint underneath. Some words are covered by a thin layer of paint that characterizes them as vanishing. Most of the calligraphy is written in an illegible language, or seeming language, but there are several clearly legible words:
The signature, "George Deem," ends the lower left-hand gloss as its last line.
"Renie," in reference to Deem's foster mother and aunt, Irene Ottensmeyer, is the first word in the third paragraph.
"Maler," German for "painter," is in the third paragraph's second line.