Poor People, Angilbert Göbel
Angilbert Göbel
Poor People
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Angilbert Göbel

Poor People, 1858


Dimensions
140.0 x 112.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1426
Acquisition
Acquired in 1907
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Exhausted, an old woman and a little boy have sunk to the ground in front of a church. Former Städel director Georg Swarzenski considered this canvas one of the most prominent works of nineteenth-century German painting. Indeed, it was unusual in Germany at that time to depict members of the lower social classes on so large a scale. Inspired by the work of the Realist Gustave Courbet, with whom he shared a studio in 1858/59, Göbel here portrayed figures from society’s margins – with a touch of sentimentality, but with critical intentions.

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Title
Poor People
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: A. Göbel 58.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1907

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Primary
  • 46A15 the poor
  • 42B742 mother and child(ren), woman and child(ren) (family group)
  • 31D11221 boy (child between toddler and youth)
  • 31A2351 sitting on the ground
  • 31BB1 sleeping; unconsciousness - BB - out of doors
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02.12.2020