Mother and Child; Woman and Girl, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Mother and Child; Woman and Girl
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Mother and Child; Woman and Girl, 1924

88.0 x 27.5 x 30.0 cm
Physical Description
Swiss Pinewood
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1998 as a gift from a private collection; formerly Carl Hagemann Collection
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 12


About the Work

Protect or let go? The mother's gestures are ambiguous: she holds her daughter firmly with one hand but pushes her away with the other. Parental experience speaks through her sad gaze, while the child looks at the world with its big, innocent eyes. In contrast to the simplified form of the bodies and the coarsely hewn surface of the figures, Kirchner devotes himself here with bizarre precision of detail to the sexuality of the girl: her vagina is painted red. Inspired by art from outside Europe, this wood sculpture is one of a series of representations of couples created during the mid-1920s.

About the Acquisition

The important collection of Expressionist art owned by the chemist Carl Hagemann (1867-1940) was formed from the beginning of the twentieth century in close exchange with the artists - even during the period when they were being vilified by the National Socialists. After Hagemann's death in 1940, his collection was secretly removed into storage to escape the war, together with the Städel's own collection. In gratitude for this hazardous but successful effort, Hagemann's heirs presented 935 works on paper to the Städel during the 1940s. Further generous donations were made over the course of several decades.

Work Data

Basic Information

Mother and Child; Woman and Girl
Sculptor (male)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Swiss Pinewood

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1998 as a gift from a private collection; formerly Carl Hagemann Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif


  • 42B742 mother and child(ren), woman and child(ren) (family group)
  • 31D15(+89) adult woman (+ nude human being)
  • 31D112(+82) child (+ female (human being) (not to be used where -AA- is prescribed))
  • 31D112(+89) child (+ nude human being)
  • 31A231 standing figure
  • 25G411 cut flowers; nosegay, bunch of flowers

Research and Discussion


Object History
Galerie Ludwig Schames (Manfred Schames), Frankfurt
verkauft an Carl Hagemann (1867-1940), Frankfurt am Main, 1926
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, 1940
Depositum im Städel Museum, Frankfurt, 1941
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1998.


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