The artist himself calls the picture this way: “Vain entertainment of a young man, letting bubbles.”
The painting is imbued with the spirit of moralizing, the artist condemns the young rake, entertaining children’s play, instead of working hard.
The fact that a young man from a poor family, says a tattered jacket, shows through the hole the undershirt, the sleeves of the jacket are short. It is evident that the parents are not able to buy new clothes, and he himself is not in a hurry to earn. At the same time, the young loafer clearly pays attention to his appearance, in time curling up his hair.
During the occupation of the young man, a little child is inquisitively watching, to whom this occupation would just fit.