Muttertier, Miriam Cahn
Miriam Cahn
Muttertier
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Miriam Cahn

Muttertier, 1998


Dimensions
84.7 x 100.7 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2523
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a gift from Dieter und Birgit Broska, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art

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About the Work

Muttertier is permeated with contradictions in many ways. The hybrid being emerges luminously from the dark background yet seems at the same instant to disappear into it once again. The breasts of the ape-like figure are vividly emphasised: animalistic, erotically charged. With just as much complexity as in the title of the work, which conveys the ambivalence of the role of woman as mother, Miriam Cahn calls gender roles into question: she deconstructs the social image of the woman, thematises sexuality and the (female) body, and ultimately raises questions as to her own identity.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Muttertier (Original Title)
Title Translation
Mother Animal
Artist
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
© Miriam Cahn
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a gift from Dieter und Birgit Broska, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 25F animals
Secondary
  • 25FF9 still other fabulous animals which cannot be classified under 25 FF 2 - 25 FF 7
  • 31A2341 huddled figure
  • 22C4(BLACK) colours, pigments, and paints: black
  • 22C4(RED) colours, pigments, and paints: red
  • 22C4(WHITE) colours, pigments, and paints: white
  • 31A222 chest, bust
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Last update

15.02.2021