Liegender Akt, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Liegender Akt
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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Liegender Akt, 1911

424 x 501 mm
285 x 429 mm
Physical Description
Colour woodcut from two printing blocks on wove paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
65966 D
Acquired in 1948 as a donation from the heirs of the Carl Hagemann estate
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Viewed from above and daringly framed, the model pictured here has the Brücke artists’ joint study of the nude to thank for her unacademic pose. Schmidt-Rottluff fixed her to the surface in jagged forms accentuated by the red of the blanket. This print is one of the artists’ rare colour woodcuts, which is also known to exist in green.

About the Acquisition

From 1900 onwards, the Frankfurt chemist and industrialist Carl Hagemann (1867‒1940) assembled one of the most important private collections of modern art. It included numerous paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints, especially by members of the artist group “Die Brücke”. After Carl Hagemann died in an accident during the Second World War, the then Städel director Ernst Holzinger arranged for Hagemann’s heirs to evacuate his collection with the museum’s collection. In gratitude, the family donated almost all of the works on paper to the Städel Museum in 1948. Further donations and permanent loans as well as purchases of paintings and watercolours from the Hagemann estate helped to compensate for the losses the museum had suffered in 1937 as part of the Nazi’s “Degenerate Art” campaign. Today, the Hagemann Collection forms the core of the Städel museum’s Expressionist collection.

Work Data

Basic Information

Liegender Akt (Original Title)
Title Translation
Reclining Nude (Model)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Colour woodcut from two printing blocks on wove paper
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unterhalb der Darstellung links (mit Bleistift): S. Rottluff 1911; betitelt unten links: ‚Liegender Akt'
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet unten links (mit Bleistift): Sch. 55; nummeriert unten rechts: C I
Verso bezeichnet und nummeriert unten links (mit Bleistift): DrHagemann Nr. 89.; nummeriert links daneben: No 18 [um 90 Grad nach links gedreht]
Verso mittig links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Schapire H. 55

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Acquired in 1948 as a donation from the heirs of the Carl Hagemann estate

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure
  • 31AA236 lying figure - AA - female human figure
  • 22C4(RED) colours, pigments, and paints: red
  • 48B13 artist's model, sitter

Research and Discussion


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.


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