Four Figures on the Fehmarn Beach, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Four Figures on the Fehmarn Beach
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Four Figures on the Fehmarn Beach, 1912


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460 x 588 mm
Physical Description
Pencil on calendered wove paper
Inventory Number
17896
Object Number
17896 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

Kirchner attached a great deal of importance to ‘free drawing after the free human being in free naturalness’. During his summer stays on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn between 1912 and 1914, he captured numerous spontaneous impressions. A few succinct sweeps and strokes of the pencil here describe four male nudes romping in the dunes with the utmost lack of affectation and inhibition. They seem to embody the unity of the human being and nature to which Kirchner aspired.

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.

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07.06.2024