Café Germany. Partial building, Jörg Immendorff
Jörg Immendorff
Café Germany. Partial building
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Jörg Immendorff

Café Germany. Partial building, 1978

412 x 296 mm
Physical Description
Gouache on wove paper
Inventory Number
SG 3371B
Object Number
SG 3371B Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In both of these drawings, the artist covered the entire surface of the thin paper with relatively thick paint, thus giving them the appearance of small-scale paintings. As he mixed the wet paints directly on the paper, he sought to bring out the intensely radiant effects of vivid yellow and red. The colours spark associations of a conflagration that engulfs the “part of a building” and causes it to collapse. The gouaches in the series "Café Deutschland" thus testify to both the pleasure Immendorff took in painting as well as to his political stance; the two are closely intertwined.

Work Data

Basic Information

Café Germany. Partial building
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Gouache on wove paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert mittig rechts (mit Pinsel in Grau): Immendorff 78; bezeichnet oben links (mit Pinsel in Blau): C.D.; unten links (mit Pinsel in Rot): TEILBAU
Captions Added Later
Verso unten mittig Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Nicht geprüft

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Jörg Immendorff

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 5 Abstract Ideas and Concepts
  • 31D14(+1) adult man (+ front view)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Kunsthandel Deutschland
erworben von der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1985.


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