Poor People, Angilbert Göbel
Angilbert Göbel
Poor People
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Angilbert Göbel

Poor People, 1858


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140 x 112 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1426
Acquisition
Acquired in 1907
Status
Not on display

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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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07.06.2024