Elderly Farmer and Young Girl ("The Unequal Couple"), Wilhelm Leibl
Wilhelm Leibl
Elderly Farmer and Young Girl ("The Unequal Couple")
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Wilhelm Leibl

Elderly Farmer and Young Girl ("The Unequal Couple"), 1876 – 1877


Dimensions
75.5 x 61.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1340
Acquisition
Acquired in 1902
Status
On display

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About the Work

The young beauty and the ugly old man. She bears his proximity without further ado, but her posture betrays her discomfort: if he approached her even more, it would tip the balance: an opportunity to free herself from his grip. With this scene from an inn, Wilhelm Leibl makes his contribution to the tradition of representations of the ‘odd couple’. The artist is interested in playing off the different textures: the rose complexion of the girl against the weathered skin of the old man, the fabric of the basque against the reflecting surfaces of the vessels.

About the Donation

In 1902 the Museums-Verein, together with the administration of the museum, acquired one of the realist painter Wilhelm Leibel’s major works, ‘Elderly Farmer and Young Girl; The Ill-Matched Couple’ from the prince of painters, Professor Franz von Defregger. The work was painted in Upper Bavaria; the clear method resulted in a two-figure painting rich in contrast and tension. The Museums-Verein, which was founded in 1899, had already sought to purchase a work by Leibl the year before – to no avail. Now the moment had come when the Munich painting – popular around the turn of the century – was to become part of the collection of the Städel in Frankfurt. The museum association covered two thirds of the buying price of 33,000 marks.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Elderly Farmer and Young Girl ("The Unequal Couple")
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: W. Leibl.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1902

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Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 33A711 unequal partners
  • 31D16 old man
  • 61B2(LENZ)12(+53) historical person (LENZ) - historical person (LENZ) in a double-portrait (+ half-length portrait)
  • 31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden
  • 61BB2(STEININGER,Therese)12(+53) historical person (STEININGER,Therese) - BB - woman - historical person (STEININGER,Therese) in a double-portrait (+ half-length portrait)
  • 41D3 folk costume, regional costume
Secondary

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31.01.2019