Ergebung, Ottilie W. Roederstein
Ottilie W. Roederstein
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This work consists of multiple parts

55 x 46 cm
Physical Description
tempera on canvas
Inventory Number
Acquired in 2022
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About the Work

World War I had a deep impact on Roederstein and her partner. The artist had to give up her studio in Paris and was largely cut off from her friends there, as well as from the French art market. Ever fewer commissions came her way from within Germany, forcing her to rely on customers in Switzerland. Yet the lack of portrait requests also gave her the freedom to devote herself to new pictorial subjects. In this period, she carried out several non-commissioned works depicting figures in pain, sorrow or melancholy—striking testimonies to a society traumatized by war and suffering. Roederstein rendered her model’s prominent facial features in dark, woodcut-like lines. And by simplifying and flattening the representation of the body and background, she drew all the more attention to the heaviness of spirit concentrated in the face. This emotional state—which is also mirrored in the choice of sombre, dissonant shades of colour—is the work’s main theme.

Owing to the scarcity of painting materials and general financial constraints associated with the war, for Surrender Roederstein reused the canvas of a previously executed painting. The latter today forms the verso and, rotated 180 degrees, depicts a peasant woman wearing a scarf.

Work Data

Basic Information

Ergebung (Original Title)
Title Translation
Die Bäuerin mit dem Kopftuch
Production Place
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
tempera on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert und datiert unten rechts: OWR 1918.
Work Catalogues
  • Rök 1999, WVZ Nr. 1131
  • Jughenn, WVZ Nr. 1918-17

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 2022

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown



Research and Discussion


Object History
Lilly Winkelmayer, geb. Hauck (1896-1978), bis mind. 1939
Kunsthandel, Frankfurt am Main
Verkauf an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2022.


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