My 13 (Mykonos), Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Ernst Wilhelm Nay
My 13 (Mykonos)
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay

My 13 (Mykonos), 1964

602 x 420 mm
Physical Description
Watercolour on rough wove paper
Inventory Number
SG 3253
Object Number
SG 3253 Z
Acquired in 1965 from the artist
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Nay spent the summer of 1964 on the Greek island of Mykonos, where he painted a number of watercolours. Landscapes had already inspired his forms and colour schemes back in the 1930s, for example on his trips to Vietzkerstrand (Städel Museum, Inv. No. 16105) and the Lofoten Islands (Städel Museum, Inv. No. SG 3284, SG 3285). In the abstract work on view here, the shades of ochre and blue reflect the impressions of sea and sand. "My 13" is one of the so-called "Eye Pictures" the artist executed in 1963 and 1964. The name of the workgroup derives from the discs and circles he combined with tapering spindle shapes in such a way that the round forms are reminiscent of eyes.

Work Data

Basic Information

My 13 (Mykonos)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Watercolour on rough wove paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts (mit Bleistift) : NAy 64
Verso bezeichnet unten rechts (mit Bleistift): My 13
Captions Added Later
Verso unten links Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Acquired in 1965 from the artist

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif


  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 22C4 colours, pigments, and paints
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry
  • 49D32 line (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D36 circle (~ planimetry, geometry)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902-1968)
erworben von der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1965.


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