Pirouetting Dancer, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Pirouetting Dancer
Back to top

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Pirouetting Dancer, ca. 1931 – 1932

515 x 360 mm
Physical Description
Watercolour and black brush over pencil on smooth wove paper
Inventory Number
SG 3167
Object Number
SG 3167 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Acquisition

From 1900 onwards, the Frankfurt chemist and industrialist Carl Hagemann (1867‒1940) assembled one of the most important private collections of modern art. It included numerous paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints, especially by members of the artist group “Die Brücke”. After Carl Hagemann died in an accident during the Second World War, the then Städel director Ernst Holzinger arranged for Hagemann’s heirs to evacuate his collection with the museum’s collection. In gratitude, the family donated almost all of the works on paper to the Städel Museum in 1948. Further donations and permanent loans as well as purchases of paintings and watercolours from the Hagemann estate helped to compensate for the losses the museum had suffered in 1937 as part of the Nazi’s “Degenerate Art” campaign. Today, the Hagemann Collection forms the core of the Städel museum’s Expressionist collection.

Work Data

Basic Information

Pirouetting Dancer
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Watercolour and black brush over pencil on smooth wove paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links (mit der Feder in Schwarz): E L Kirchner
Captions Added Later
Verso Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c)
  • Nicht geprüft
Work Catalogues
  • Lenz 1974, 88

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif


  • 43C92 one pair dancing; man and woman dancing as a couple
  • 48C8421 male dancer
  • 48C8422 female dancer
  • 43C9 dancing
  • 31AA2753 rotating, twisting (movement of the human body) - AA - female human figure
  • 31A25432 leading someone by the hand or wrist

Research and Discussion


Object History
Carl Hagemann (1867-1940), Frankfurt am Main
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, Frankfurt am Main, 1940
verkauft an die Stadt Frankfurt am Main, 1958.


Since 2001, the Städel Museum has systematically been researching the provenance of all objects that were acquired during the National Socialist period, or that changed owners or could have changed owners during those years. The basis for this research is the “Washington Declaration”, also known as the “Washington Conference Principles”, formulated at the 1998 “Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets” and the subsequent “Joint Declaration”.

The provenance information is based on the sources researched at the time they were published digitally. However, this information can change at any time when new sources are discovered. Provenance research is therefore a continuous process and one that is updated at regular intervals.

Ideally, the provenance information documents an object’s origins from the time it was created until the date when it found its way into the collection. It contains the following details, provided they are known:

  • the type of acquisition and/or the way the object changed hands
  • the owner's name and place of residence
  • the date on which it changed hands

The successive ownership records are separated from each other by a semicolon.

Gaps in the record of a provenance are indicated by the placeholder “…”. Unsupported information is listed in square brackets.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the museum at .

More to discover



Do you have any suggestions, questions or information about this work?

Last update