Life (Gujer Design), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Life (Gujer Design)
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Life (Gujer Design), ca. 1927

272 x 356 mm
Physical Description
Pen and black ink over pencil and watercolour on light yellow paper, mounted on Japanese paper
Inventory Number
SG 3283
Object Number
SG 3283 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In the 1920s, Kirchner’s works began to exhibit an increasingly ornamental organization of the surface. This “carpet style” had emerged in part from his productive collaboration with the weaver Lise Gujer (1893–1967), whose acquaintance he had made in Davos in 1921. Gujer wove more than thirty textile works after designs by Kirchner, among them the carpet "Life" (Städel Museum, Inv. Nr. 2111) commissioned by Carl Hagemann (1867–1940). The artist made several preparatory drawings for the scene. The earliest version, the Gujer Design, already features the depictions of the cattle drive and the path of life that would dominate the final composition (Städel Museum, Inv. No. 17768).

Work Data

Basic Information

Life (Gujer Design)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pen and black ink over pencil and watercolour on light yellow paper, mounted on Japanese paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Captions Added Later
Verso im Bereich der Ergänzung auf der Kaschierung brauner Nachlassstempel: aus dem Nachlass von / Fräulein Lise Gujer, Davos-Sertig / 13.3.1967, mit dazugehöriger Nummerierung (in Schwarz): 49
Verso Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c)
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Work Catalogues
  • Lenz 1974, 79

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 25HH11(+1) mountains - HH - ideal landscapes (+ landscape with figures, staffage)
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

Research and Discussion


Object History
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938)
Lise Gujer (1893-1967)
Nachlass Lise Gujer, 1967
Verst. Kornfeld und Klipstein, Bern an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 15. Juni 1968.


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