Nude with Hat, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Nude with Hat, 1910 (1920)

195.5 x 64.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1168
Acquired in 1957 as a gift from Werner Hagemann
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art


About the Work

Kirchner called it “my best nude from Dresden”: the extremely vertical and almost life-size portrait of his lover Doris Grosse. Natural and seductive at the same time, she offers her light, immaculate body to the onlooker. The erotically outfitted studio is backdrop rather than room, and serves Kirchner as a stage for this figure, which he has characterised as somewhere between a saint and a whore. The relaxed posture and the virginal white of her skin form a contrast to aggressive red of her lips and shoes, her challenging gaze and presentation of her pudenda.

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 evacuated together with the Städel's own collection to protect it from war damage. In gratitude for this hazardous but successful effort, Hagemann's heirs donated over 1000 prints and drawings to the Städel in 1948. Further generous donations were made over the course of several decades.

Audio & Video

  • 00:51
    Basic information
  • 01:38
    Focus on cultural history
  • Kunst|Stück - Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Stehender Akt mit Hut
    Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Stehender Akt mit Hut (1910), Städel Museum Frankfurt.

Work Data

Basic Information

Nude with Hat
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: E. L. Kirchner 07

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1957 as a gift from Werner Hagemann

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown


  • 61BB2(GROSSE, Doris)11(+55) historical person (GROSSE, Doris) - BB - woman - historical person (GROSSE, Doris) portrayed alone (+ full length portrait)
  • 31AA231 standing figure - AA - female human figure
  • 41D92 woman (showing herself) undressed, quasi-nude
  • 41D221(HAT) head-gear: hat
  • 41D2332 shoes, sandals
  • 41D266 ornaments, jewels
  • 48B11 workshop, studio of the artist (in general)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Carl Hagemann (1906-1940), Frankfurt, 1933
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, 1940
Depositum im Städel Museum, Frankfurt, 1941
verkauft an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1957.


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