Couple at a Table (Self-Portrait with Maschka), Otto Mueller
Otto Mueller
Couple at a Table (Self-Portrait with Maschka)
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Otto Mueller

Couple at a Table (Self-Portrait with Maschka), 1922 – 1925

536 x 444 mm
387 x 291 mm
Physical Description
Lithograph from two stones in black over yellow on wove paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
68010 D
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


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

Couple at a Table (Self-Portrait with Maschka)
Serial Number / Edition
30 / 60
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Lithograph from two stones in black over yellow on wove paper
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unterhalb der Darstellung rechts (mit Bleistift): Otto Mueller; nummeriert unterhalb der Darstellung links: 30/60
Captions Added Later
Unten links blauer Rundstempel [nicht identifiziert]; rechts darunter Fragment eines weiteren Stempels
Verso bezeichnet unten rechts (mit Bleistift): Klihm /120.-; nummeriert unten links: 9 [in Rechteck]
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Nierendorf 155 III (von III) b
  • Karsch 155 III (von III) b

Property and Acquisition

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

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 61B2(MUELLER, Otto)12(+512) historical person (MUELLER, Otto) - historical person (MUELLER, Otto) in a double-portrait (+ three-quarter view portrait)
  • 61BB2(MAYERHOFER, Maria)12(+54) historical person (MAYERHOFER, Maria) - BB - woman - historical person (MAYERHOFER, Maria) in a double-portrait (+ three-quarter length portrait)
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 48B3 portrait, self-portrait of artist
  • 31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure
  • 41C323 glass, rummer
  • 33C23 couple of lovers

Research and Discussion


Object History
Galerie Klihm, München
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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