Magnolia Bud, Christian Rohlfs
Christian Rohlfs
Magnolia Bud
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Christian Rohlfs

Magnolia Bud, 1937

326 x 479 mm
Physical Description
Watercolour and wax crayon, partially gone over with brush, on wove paper, perforations in the corners
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17909 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Extensive experiments with painting technique contributed to shaping Rohlfs’s oeuvre. In order to achieve certain pictorial effects, he tried out a wide variety of paint mediums and developed different methods of applying and removing them. The ‘Magnolia Bud’ has an accordingly elaborate painting process to thank for its unique hazy effect. The delicate blossom looks as if it has come there on a gentle breeze. It consists of an indistinct blend of quiet yellows and greens, to which Rohlf added a shine here and there with the aid of a fixative. Only very few wide lines of chalk accentuate the 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.

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