Outdoor Dance in a Village, Johann Conrad Seekatz
Johann Conrad Seekatz
Outdoor Dance in a Village
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Outdoor Dance in a Village, ca. 1764

28.5 x 43.3 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas, cut and lined, edges taped on all sides
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1922 as a gift by Fanny Herxheimer.
Not on display


About the Acquisition

The family emigrated to America under the name of "Löwenstein" and returned as millionaires named Livingston in 1870. They moved into a villa on Bockenheimer Chaussee in Frankfurt and owned the still existing remise at the corner of Ulmenstraße and Kettenhofweg. The daughter Fanny Livingston was born in Louisville (USA) in 1853. After the family's return to Germany, Fanny married Dr. Salomon Herxheimer, a medical officer specialised in skin and venereal diseases. When he died in 1899, she founded the Sanitätsrat Dr. Salomon Herxheimersche Foundation for the free treatment of needy skin patients. Fanny died in Frankfurt in 1922 and, like her sister Rose Livingston, left her picture collection to the Städel.

Work Data

Basic Information

Outdoor Dance in a Village
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas, cut and lined, edges taped on all sides
Label at the Time of Manufacture

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1922 as a gift by Fanny Herxheimer.

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 43C942 folk dancing (men and women together)
  • 43C92 one pair dancing; man and woman dancing as a couple
  • 31A25432 leading someone by the hand or wrist
  • 48C75 making music; musician with instrument
  • 25I241 village street
  • 25I2 village
  • 25I244 village square, place
  • 43A1311 dancing around the maypole

Research and Discussion


Object History
Fanny Herxheimer, geb. Livingston (1853-1922), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1922.


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