Half-length figure of a woman, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Half-length figure of a woman
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Half-length figure of a woman, 1929

430 x 390 mm
Physical Description
Pencil on wove cardboard
Inventory Number
Object Number
17898 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 Brücke period, Kirchner strove to depict his experiences in a manner as ‘immediate and undistorted’ as possible. In the late 1920s, he found his way to a more abstract style distinguished by clear lines and two-dimensional zones. He developed the 1929 portrayal of a woman from a few multiply intersecting lines, which he drew very deliberately without lifting the pencil from the cardboard. The figure’s profile and three-quarter view overlap, thus reproducing what is in reality a flowing movement—the turn of the head—on paper.

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

Half-length figure of a woman
Sketch of a lying cat
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil on wove cardboard
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts (mit Bleistift): E L Kirchner 29
Captions Added Later
Verso nummeriert unten links (mit Bleistift): 275. [im Kreis]
  • Nicht vorhanden

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



  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 61BB111(+522) anonymous historical person portrayed alone - BB - woman (+ three-quarter view portrait)
  • 49D32 line (~ planimetry, geometry)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Frédéric Bauer (1883-1957), Davos
Kunstkabinett R. N. Ketterer, Stuttgart
verkauft an Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt, 1955
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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