Group of Four with Diagonal Profile, Oskar Schlemmer
Oskar Schlemmer
Group of Four with Diagonal Profile
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Oskar Schlemmer

Group of Four with Diagonal Profile, 1942

max. 527 x 312 mm
Physical Description
Oil over pencil on oil paper, perforations in the corners
Inventory Number
Object Number
17912 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In his late years, Schlemmer headed a laboratory for lacquer technology at the Kurt Herbert lacquer factory in Wuppertal — an activity involving a lot of experimentation with painting technique. It was also a phase in which the artist devoted himself more to painting again in general. The smooth yellow oil paper had been his preferred image carrier since 1935; it enabled him to spread the areas still damp with a brush or a kind of doctor blade. In the diagonal head, that process brought about the fine parallel lines that combine with the remaining hatched application of the paint to create a vibrant overall effect.

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

Group of Four with Diagonal Profile
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil over pencil on oil paper, perforations in the corners
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Datiert unten rechts (mit Bleistift?): 1942
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • von Maur G 505
  • Hildebrandt 387

Property and Acquisition

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

Work Content

Motifs and References


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Research and Discussion


Object History
Galerie Großhennig, Düsseldorf
verkauft an Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt, 1957
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.


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