Lady Adventure, Max Slevogt
Max Slevogt
Lady Adventure
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Max Slevogt

Lady Adventure, 1894


Dimensions
129.5 x 88.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 68
Acquisition
Acquired in 1906 as a bequest from Ludwig Joseph Pfungst
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 6

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About the Work

Violence and submission: a knight in gleaming armour is holding the neck and the hands of a naked woman. While she sinks backwards into the man's arms, her facial features take on a relaxed, seductive expression. Still influenced by Symbolism in this early work, Slevogt contrasts the hard metallic mantelet with the soft, naked skin. The Middle High German title 'Frau Aventiure' ('Lady Adventure') describes a well-known muse from the medieval Minnesong tradition. Stereotypical gender roles are mirrored in the sensuous submission of the woman and the rough appropriation of the man.

About the Acquisition

Ludwig Josef Pfungst, a businessman in Worms, died on 4 July 1905. A childless bachelor, he left his entire art collection and his fortune of around a million marks to the city of Frankfurt. It was his wish that the interest on the money be used to purchase works of contemporary art. This legacy was a major factor leading to the foundation of the Städtische Galerie, which has been part of the Städelsches Kunstinstitut since 1907. Still in existence today, the Pfungst Foundation now mainly supports purchases of modern art for the Städel museum’s Collection of Prints and Drawings.

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  • Basic information
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  • Focus on cultural history
    01:18
  • Gastkommentar: Sexualdelikte in der Kunst mit Strafrechtlerin Tatjana Hörnle
    Was sieht eine Strafrechtlerin in den Kunstwerken der Städel Sammlung? In diesem Gastkommentar eröffnet Tatjana Hörne (Direktorin am Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung von Kriminalität, Sicherheit und Recht) ihre individuelle Sichtweise auf die Kunstwerke im Städel Museum. Sie schaut sich Pieter Aertsens „Marktstück mit Christus und der Ehebrecherin“ (1559), Max Slevogts „Frau Aventiure“ (1894) und Max Liebermanns „Simson und Delia“ (1902) an.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Lady Adventure
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: M. Slevogt 94.

Property and Acquisition

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Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1906 as a bequest from Ludwig Joseph Pfungst

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Illustrated Passage
  • Wolfram von Eschenbach: Parzival, 433,1
Associated Source
  • Nibelungenlied

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Last update

18.05.2022