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

Texts

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.

Work Data

Basic Information

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
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1907

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

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
Secondary

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
...
Eduard Gustav May (1818-1907), Frankfurt am Main
Verkauf an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1907.

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19.02.2024