Fishermen and Sailboats on the Beach, Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Fishermen and Sailboats on the Beach
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay

Fishermen and Sailboats on the Beach, 1935


Blatt
480 x 635 mm
Physical Description
Reed pen and black ink on laid paper
Inventory Number
16105
Object Number
16105 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

Texts

About the Work

In the summer of 1935, Ernst Wilhelm Nay withdrew to the little village of Vietzkerstrand on the coast of the Baltic Sea in Pomerania. There he resumed a series of works depicting dunes and fishermen he had begun a year earlier. This drawing is an example; in it, he has depicted the fishermen as stylized, two-dimensional figures consisting merely of contours without interior detail. Simple overlapping curves form the waves of the sea. In 1958, he recalled the pathbreaking character of the workgroup: “In those pictures […], the complex of primal forms in conjunction with rhythm and dynamic turned up that would become the true formal theme of my art as a whole.” [1]

[1] Ernst Wilhelm Nay: Aufzeichnungen, 1958, in: E. W. Nay. Retrospektive / A Retrospective, Ausst.-Kat., Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle Köln 1990/91, Kunsthalle Basel 1991, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh 1991,

Köln 1990, S. 25–38, hier S. 29.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Fishermen and Sailboats on the Beach
Draughtsman
Production Place
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Reed pen and black ink on laid paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts (mit Bleistift): EWNay 35
Captions Added Later
Verso Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Hahnemühle, INGRES
Work Catalogues
  • Claesges 2012.I.50.35-010

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre

Iconclass

Primary
  • 46C2237 ships, boats on land, beached
  • 46C24 sailing-ship, sailing-boat
Secondary

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902-1968)
an Carl Hagemann (1867-1940), Frankfurt, 1935
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, 1940
Schenkung der Erben an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1948.

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Last update

15.02.2021