Nude Girl in the Bath, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Nude Girl in the Bath
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Nude Girl in the Bath, 1908

352 x 523 mm
285 x 345 mm
Physical Description
Woodcut in black on Japanese laid paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
68004 D
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

Woodcut played a key role in Kirchner’s printmaking oeuvre, paving his way to a radically simplified mode of depiction. 'Nude Girl in the Bath' of 1908 is composed of a few distinct, almost coarse-looking forms and relies strongly on the effects of contrasts and two-dimensionality. Possibly inspired by Edgar Degas, Kirchner frequently depicted the motif of the nude washing herself in drawings, prints, and paintings. The unrestrained, everyday poses and movements held a strong appeal for him.

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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Nude Girl in the Bath
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Woodcut in black on Japanese laid paper
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Nicht bezeichnet
Captions Added Later
Verso nummeriert unten links (mit Bleistift): 4983; unterhalb des Basler Nachlassstempels: K 5360
Verso unten links Basler Nachlassstempel (Lugt 1570b), mit handschriftlichem Vermerk der Werkverzeichnisnummer von Schiefler (in Schwarz): H 103 II D
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Gercken 260
  • Dube H 145
  • Schiefler H 103

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure
  • 31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden
  • 31AA233 kneeling figure - AA - female human figure
  • 31A545 taking a bath

Research and Discussion


Object History
Nachlass Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Davos, 1938 [1]
Verst. Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett (31. Auktion) an Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt, 20. Mai 1958 (Los-Nr. 510) [2]
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019 [3].


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