Old Fisherman and his Daughter, Edvard Munch
Edvard Munch
Old Fisherman and his Daughter
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Edvard Munch

Old Fisherman and his Daughter, 1902

48.5 x 66.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1964 as a gift from Marga and Kurt Möllgaard, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Not on display


About the Work

They are close together and yet solitary. Munch has portrayed the old fisherman and his daughter as disturbingly isolated. Nor do the figures establish eye contact with the viewer despite their placement at the front of the picture. Lost in thought and with a melancholy expression, they gaze into nothingness. The earnest face of the girl, framed by her light hair, looks if she has almost as much experience of life as her father with his weather-beaten features. The psychological penetration of the two figures gains a particular intensity from sectional character of the picture and its monochrome background.

About the Acquisition

The Frankfurt businessman Dr. Kurt Möllgaard and his wife, Marga, began collecting modern art in 1945. From 1964 on they donated parts of their collection to the Städelscher Museums-Verein. Kurt Möllgaard commented on his activities: "In doing this, we have intentionally continued a tradition which is also cultivated to a considerable extent by those citizens of Frankfurt who had to leave their homes after 1933." In 1987 Kurt Möllgaard founded the Kurt und Marga Möllgaard-Stiftung, which remains active to this day.

Work Data

Basic Information

Old Fisherman and his Daughter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert oben links: EMunch (EM ligiert)
Work Catalogues
  • Woll 2008, Nr. 525

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1964 as a gift from Marga and Kurt Möllgaard, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif


  • 61BB112(+52) anonymous historical persons portrayed in a double portrait - BB - woman (+ (full) bust portrait)
  • 31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden
  • 31D13(+1) adolescent, young woman, maiden (+ front view)
  • 61B112(+52) anonymous historical persons portrayed in a double portrait (+ (full) bust portrait)
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 31D14(+1) adult man (+ front view)
  • 43C128 fisherman

Research and Discussion


Object History
Max Emden (1874-1940), Hamburg, 1907
Verst. durch H. Ball und P. Graupe, Berlin, 9. Juni 1931 (Los-Nr. 53)
deutsche Privatsammlung, seit mind. 1954
Meta Gadesmann (1881-1962), Frankfurt/Rottach-Egern
Nachlass Meta Gadesmann, 1962
erworben durch den Städelschen Museums-Verein e.V., Frankfurt am Main 1964.


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