Komp. 12.11.48, Julius Bissier
Julius Bissier
Komp. 12.11.48
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Julius Bissier

Komp. 12.11.48, 1948

159 x 238 mm
Physical Description
Woodcut in brown, coloured in monotype manner, on wove paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
68018 D
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

Starting in the late 1920s, Bissier found his way to an expressive vocabulary of his own by way of East Asian ink painting. He now reproduced landscape impressions as abbreviated, sign-like shapes in a setting entirely devoid of pictorial depth. Especially in his woodcuts, the degree of abstraction is so great as to make the representational almost entirely illegible. Now the viewer is called upon to perceive the forms intuitively—including the signature applied with a round cork stamp—in the well-balanced composition.

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

Komp. 12.11.48 (Original Title)
Title Translation
Comp. 12 Nov. 48
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Woodcut in brown, coloured in monotype manner, on wove paper
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Verso bezeichnet, datiert und signiert oben rechts (mit Bleistift): 4 Abzug 1. Zustand / Komp. 12.11.48 / Jules Bissier
Captions Added Later
Verso nummeriert unten links (mit Bleistift): 2631/35; unten rechts: 930
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Bissier (hs. Bezeichnung) I. Zustand, 4. Abzug

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

Research and Discussion


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.


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