A Dancer, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
A Dancer
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

A Dancer, 1933


Blatt
512 x 356 mm
Physical Description
Pencil on calendared wove cardboard
Inventory Number
16078
Object Number
16078 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

Kirchner’s ‘late style’ is clearly evident in his drawings of the 1930s. The rapidly executed, rather angular expressive strokes that had distinguished the pastel Dancing Couple of 1914 have now given way to a more two-dimensional conception of form and self-contained sweeps. The artist has translated the dancer’s circular turns into parallel and intersecting curves that condense several successive individual movements. To Kirchner, line was the “symbol of motion” [1].

[1] Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, zit. n. Gerd Presler: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - Die Skizzenbücher. "Ekstase des ersten Sehens". Monographie und Werkverzeichnis, Karlsruhe, Davos 1996, S. 415, Skb 156.

About the Acquisition

The important collection of Expressionist art owned by the chemist Carl Hagemann (1867-1940) was formed from the beginning of the twentieth century in close exchange with the artists - even during the period when they were being vilified by the National Socialists. After Hagemann's death in 1940, his collection was secretly evacuated together with the Städel's own collection to protect it from war damage. In gratitude for this hazardous but successful effort, Hagemann's heirs donated over 1000 prints and drawings to the Städel in 1948. Further generous donations were made over the course of several decades.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
A Dancer
Draughtsman
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil on calendared wove cardboard
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links (mit Bleistift): EL Kirchner
Captions Added Later
Verso Trockenstempel Depose-Sihl-Superbus (nicht bei Lugt); Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Work Content

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Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
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Carl Hagemann (1867-1940), Frankfurt
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, 1940
Schenkung der Erben an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1948.

Information

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Last update

25.08.2020