Astrale Komposition VI, Wilhelm Morgner
Wilhelm Morgner
Astrale Komposition VI
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Wilhelm Morgner

Astrale Komposition VI, 1912


Dimensions
74.5 x 100 cm
Physical Description
Oil on artist’s board, mounted on hardboard
Inventory Number
2525
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 with means provided by Volker Westerborg, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

In 1912/13, Wilhelm Morgner created 26 oil paintings and numerous works on paper, which he called Astral Compositions. These works are evidence of his rapid transition from figurative-ornamental depictions to the reproduction of internal processes, in which he gave greater autonomy to the primary colours. Morgner carried out this process based on his central theme of the working man in the field. He increasingly blended the figures with the surrounding space in order to visualise the metaphysical “unification” of man and nature. Astral Composition VI shows an advanced stage of development in this process, even though a shadowy silhouette can still be identified in the middle ground. Morgner only created non-representational works until 1913, as he did not want to detach himself completely from nature in the long run. Astral Composition VI illustrates the state of suspension between figuration and abstraction, to which a special position in German Expressionism must be conceded.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Astrale Komposition VI (Original Title)
Title Translation
Astral Composition VI
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on artist’s board, mounted on hardboard
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert und datiert unten rechts: „WM (ligiert) 12“
Work Catalogues
  • Tappert 198

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 with means provided by Volker Westerborg, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 22C4 colours, pigments, and paints
Secondary

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Nachlass Wilhelm Morgner [Maria Morgner], 1917
Georg Tappert (1880-1957), Berlin, 1919 [2]
Nachlass Georg Tappert [Annalise Tappert], 1957
...
Kunsthandel, München, 1987
Unternehmenssammlung, 1987
...
erworben durch den Städelschen Museums-Verein e.V., Frankfurt am Main, 2019.

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Last update

31.03.2021