Evening Diversion, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Evening Diversion
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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Evening Diversion, 1911

500 x 603 mm
394 x 501 mm
Physical Description
Woodcut on wove paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
65972 D
Acquired in 1948 as a donation from the heirs of the Carl Hagemann estate
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

By 1911 at the latest, Schmidt-Rottluff had begun incorporating the grain of the wood into the compositions of his woodcuts – like Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) and Edvard Munch (1863–1944) before him. Depending on the motif, he cut with or across the grain. He frequently used spruce, which in Heckel’s view offered an especially “generous grain”. The black zones of “Evening Diversion” are enlivened by just such a crosswise pattern.

About the Acquisition

From 1900 onwards, the Frankfurt chemist and industrialist Carl Hagemann (1867‒1940) assembled one of the most important private collections of modern art. It included numerous paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints, especially by members of the artist group “Die Brücke”. After Carl Hagemann died in an accident during the Second World War, the then Städel director Ernst Holzinger arranged for Hagemann’s heirs to evacuate his collection with the museum’s collection. In gratitude, the family donated almost all of the works on paper to the Städel Museum in 1948. Further donations and permanent loans as well as purchases of paintings and watercolours from the Hagemann estate helped to compensate for the losses the museum had suffered in 1937 as part of the Nazi’s “Degenerate Art” campaign. Today, the Hagemann Collection forms the core of the Städel museum’s Expressionist collection.

Work Data

Basic Information

Evening Diversion
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Woodcut on wove paper
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unterhalb der Darstellung links (mit Bleistift): S. Rottluff 1911
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet unten links (mit Bleistift): Sch. 65; unten rechts: 70,–; nummeriert unten links: XI
Verso bezeichnet und nummeriert unten links (mit Bleistift): DrHagemann Nr. 57.; nummeriert rechts daneben: # 9315.
Verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Schapire H. 65

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Acquired in 1948 as a donation from the heirs of the Carl Hagemann estate

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 33A35 conversation, dialogue; conversation piece
  • 31A2551 postures and gestures of the hand

Research and Discussion


Object History
Carl Hagemann (1867-1940), Frankfurt am Main
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, Frankfurt am Main, 1940
Schenkung der Erben an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1948.


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