Gang nach Emmaus, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Gang nach Emmaus
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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Gang nach Emmaus, 1918

470 x 657 mm
396 x 499 mm
Physical Description
Woodcut on laid paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
66060 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

During World War I, Schmidt-Rottluff developed an interest in religious themes. In Lithuania, he produced a series of nine woodcuts that were published as a portfolio by the Kurt-Wolff-Verlag in Munich in December 1918. He took the motifs primarily from the New Testament, but they do not tell a continuous story. On the contrary, the artist chose subjects that, somewhat freely interpreted, are concerned with faith, love and trust, but also betrayal. He inscribed the year 1918 on the brow of the iconically depicted head of Christ. His contemporaries regarded the strongly simplified form of the typified countenance, with its one eye wide open and the other closed, as a great provocation. Schmidt-Rottluff gave the world-weary disciple his own facial features.

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

Gang nach Emmaus (Original Title)
Title Translation
Road to Emmaus. From the portfolio “9 Woodcuts”
Part Number / Total
3 / 9 Holzschnitten sowie Holzschnitt-Titel und Druckvermerk
Serial Number / Edition
21 / 75
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Woodcut on laid paper
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unterhalb der Darstellung rechts (mit Bleistift): S. Rottluff
Captions Added Later
Nummeriert oben rechts (mit Bleistift): 177; unten rechts: 477.
Verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • entlang des oberen Blattrandes mittig: Van Gelder Zonen [alles in Versalien und Kapitälchen]
Work Catalogues
  • Schapire H. 212
  • Zählung nach Schmidt-Rottluff 1810

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023
Acquired in 1948 as a donation from the heirs of the Carl Hagemann estate

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 11D Christ
  • 73E34 the journey to Emmaus: two disciples (Cleopas and Peter) under way
  • 73E341 Cleopas and Peter meet Christ (sometimes they are dressed as pilgrims)
  • 22C311 nimbus, halo ~ radiance emanating from persons or things
  • 31A231 standing figure
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 25I1411 lane, alley
  • 25H landscapes
  • 49D32 line (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry

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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