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
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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.

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