Four Figures on the Fehmarn Beach, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Four Figures on the Fehmarn Beach
DE
Back to top

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Four Figures on the Fehmarn Beach, 1912


Blatt
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)

Texts

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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Four Figures on the Fehmarn Beach
Draughtsman
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil on calendered wove paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links (mit Bleistift): E L Kirchner 12
Captions Added Later
Verso nummeriert unten links (mit Bleistift): 29. [im Kreis]; unten rechts: 183 [im Kreis, durchgestrichen]
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 61D(FEHMARN) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (FEHMARN) (FEHMARN)
  • 61D(DEUTSCHLAND) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (DEUTSCHLAND) (DEUTSCHLAND)
  • 25H133 beach
  • 31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa)
Secondary

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
...
Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.

Information

Since 2001, the Städel Museum has systematically been researching the provenance of all objects that were acquired during the National Socialist period, or that changed owners or could have changed owners during those years. The basis for this research is the “Washington Declaration”, also known as the “Washington Conference Principles”, formulated at the 1998 “Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets” and the subsequent “Joint Declaration”.

The provenance information is based on the sources researched at the time they were published digitally. However, this information can change at any time when new sources are discovered. Provenance research is therefore a continuous process and one that is updated at regular intervals.

Ideally, the provenance information documents an object’s origins from the time it was created until the date when it found its way into the collection. It contains the following details, provided they are known:

  • the type of acquisition and/or the way the object changed hands
  • the owner's name and place of residence
  • the date on which it changed hands

The successive ownership records are separated from each other by a semicolon.

Gaps in the record of a provenance are indicated by the placeholder “…”. Unsupported information is listed in square brackets.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the museum at .

More to discover

Albums

Contact

Do you have any suggestions, questions or information about this work?

Last update

19.02.2024