Landscape Composition with Figures, Ida Kerkovius
Ida Kerkovius
Landscape Composition with Figures
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Ida Kerkovius

Landscape Composition with Figures, 1928 – 1933

105 x 90 cm
Physical Description
Inventory Number
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Not on display


About the Work

A onetime pupil of Adolf Hölzel, Kerkovius created her first tapestries during her time at the Bauhaus (1920–1923). It was there that she also began experimenting with form and material. She attained a lively surface texture with the aid of changing thread types and thicknesses—here, for example, with the thick, unspun wool thread forming a kind of frame and the partially visible warp threads. Kerkovius often did not arrive at the final composition until she was in the midst of the work’s realization. Mountains, houses, people, and animals are discernible in this tapestry of reductive, planar forms.

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

Landscape Composition with Figures
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Kerkovius Archiv Wendelstein
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 25H landscapes
  • 41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings
  • 22C4 colours, pigments, and paints

Research and Discussion


Object History
Ida Kerkovius
Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt, 1951
an seine Witwe Katharina Ströher
an die Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main, 1982
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.


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