Längmatte bei Monduntergang, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Längmatte bei Monduntergang
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Längmatte bei Monduntergang, 1919


Blatt
367 x 323 mm
Druckstock
295 x 295 mm
Physical Description
Colour woodcut, possibly from four printing blocks sawn in pieces, on wove paper
Inventory Number
65619
Object Number
65619 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1948 as a donation from the heirs of the Carl Hagemann estate
Status
On display

Texts

About the Work

„Winter Moon Night” has its origins in what the artist referred to as a “madly beautiful” experience of nature. In extravagant colours it shows the view from his window – across the Längmatte, with the Altein massif on one side and the Tinzenhorn in the background. Kirchner printed this woodcut from several blocks, each inked in a different colour, which he placed precisely next to and on top of one another in such a way that the colours overlap. Earlier that year, he had had his press, which weighed over 100 kilograms, brought from Berlin to his place of exile in Switzerland.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Längmatte bei Monduntergang (Original Title)
Title Translation
Längmatte at Moonset (Winter Moon Night)
Artist
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Colour woodcut, possibly from four printing blocks sawn in pieces, on wove paper
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unterhalb der Darstellung rechts: E L Kirchner; bezeichnet unterhalb der Darstellung links: Farbendruck Eigendruck; betitelt unterhalb der Darstellung mittig: Längmatte bei Monduntergang
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet unten rechts (mit Bleistift): 1098.
Verso Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Schiefler H. 360
  • Dube H. 390, 4
  • Gercken 958, 2

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1948 as a donation from the heirs of the Carl Hagemann estate

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 23F41 winter landscape; landscape symbolizing winter (the four seasons of the year)
  • 23R141 night ~ landscape (sometimes titled 'Nox')
  • 26D1 snow
  • 25H111 mountain-range, snow peaks
Secondary
Associative
  • 26D frost, freezing weather

Research and Discussion

Research

Old Inventory Number
ELK133

Provenance

Object History
Carl Hagemann(1867-1940), Frankfurt am Main
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, Frankfurt am Main, 1940
Schenkung der Erben an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1948.

Information

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20.08.2019