Moses, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Moses
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Blatt
700 x 563 mm
Druckstock
435 x 272 mm
Physical Description
Woodcut on wove paper
Inventory Number
66089
Object Number
66089 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1948 as a donation from the heirs of the Carl Hagemann estate
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

Schmidt-Rottluff had already been known to adapt the forms of the printing blocks to his compositions in earlier years. For the woodcuts “Mother” and “Moses”, he now sawed the block to match the exact outline of the head. The wooden block accordingly prints in the manner of a stamp: the print and the block are positive and negative forms of the same face – or more precisely the same mask. Formally, however, Moses bears a strong resemblance to “Reddish Brown Head with Lowered Eyes” (private collection) carved by the artist in Lithuania in 1918.

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

Title
Moses
Artist
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Woodcut on wove paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unterhalb der Darstellung rechts (mit Bleistift): S. Rottluff; nummeriert unterhalb der Darstellung links: 1932
Captions Added Later
Verso mittig links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Schapire H. 259
  • Zählung nach Schmidt-Rottluff 1932

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023
Acquisition
Acquired in 1948 as a donation from the heirs of the Carl Hagemann estate

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
Secondary
  • 31A221 head (human)
  • 31B62 morphology of facial expression
  • 49D32 line (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry
Associative
  • 71E113 Moses and his people; the flight to Midian (Exodus 2:11-25)
  • 41D283 mask

Research and Discussion

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

Since 2001, the Städel Museum has systematically been researching the provenance of all objects that were acquired during the National Socialist period, or that changed owners or could have changed owners during those years. The basis for this research is the “Washington Declaration”, also known as the “Washington Conference Principles”, formulated at the 1998 “Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets” and the subsequent “Joint Declaration”.

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Last update

26.01.2023