2. April 58, Julius Bissier
Julius Bissier
2. April 58
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Julius Bissier

2. April 58, 1958

19.0 x 25.3 cm
Physical Description
Egg oil tempera on canvas
Inventory Number
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Not on display


About the Work

Julius Bissier developed his miniatures in the 1950s, first in the watercolour medium and later as small-scale paintings on organic materials. Taking figural painting as his point of departure, he had turned to abstract art in the 1930s. He was in close contact with Willi Baumeister and also studied non-European—particularly East Asian—art. Occupying a realm between symbolism and abstraction, his fragmentary, reductive compositions testify to that development. Bearing merely their dates of execution as titles, they defy unequivocal interpretation. What stands out most is their serial and nevertheless quasi-personal character.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

Work Data

Basic Information

2. April 58 (Original Title)
Title Translation
2. April 58
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Egg oil tempera on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert oben rechts (mit dem Pinsel in Braun): Jules Bissier / 2. April / 58; datiert oben links (mit Bleistift): 2. April / 58

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Archivio Bissier
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif


  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D33 triangle (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D3221 irregularly curved line

Research and Discussion


Object History
Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.


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