Adam and Eve, Otto Mueller
Otto Mueller
Adam and Eve
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Otto Mueller

Adam and Eve, ca. 1913 – 1922


Dimensions
121.0 x 90.5 cm
Physical Description
Limewater colour on hessian
Inventory Number
2020
Acquisition
Acquired in 1950 as a gift from Arthur Stoll
Status
On display

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About the Work

Otto Mueller is known as the romantic among the ‘Brücke’ painters. Throughout his life he confined himself to a small repertoire of nudes, gypsy paintings and portraits in his search for the simple and primordial. Instead of idealism, this showed a great sensibility for the art market. ‘Adam and Eve’ is one of many paintings of lovers. However, the depiction of man and nature is not nearly as primordial as one is lead to believe: in the knowledge of her nakedness, Eve is covering her pudenda, and steps out of paradise with Adam as if it were a cathedral.

About the Donation

This present arrived from Switzerland in 1950. The biochemist Arthur Stoll (1887–1971), who lived in Basel, quietly and unassumingly offered the painting as a gift, with “the intention of supporting the rebuilding of your collection of modern art a little”. This part of the museum collection had been dismantled by confiscation of ‘degenerate art’ in 1937. Seventy-seven paintings were removed from the museum on orders from Berlin. By the end of National Socialist rule, modern art was hardly represented in Frankfurt – a situation that applied to many German museums.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Adam and Eve
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Limewater colour on hessian
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert unten rechts: O. M.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1950 as a gift from Arthur Stoll

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Altes Testament, Genesis 1,27-29
  • Bibel, Altes Testament, Genesis 2,25

Iconclass

Primary
  • 71A35 Adam and Eve in paradise (before the Fall)
Secondary
  • 31A2311 'contrapposto', 'Standbein und Spielbein'
  • 25G3 trees

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15.05.2019