Portrait of a Roman Woman on a Flat Roof in Rome, Max Klinger
Max Klinger
Portrait of a Roman Woman on a Flat Roof in Rome
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Max Klinger

Portrait of a Roman Woman on a Flat Roof in Rome, 1891


Dimensions
182.0 x 182.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1806
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926 as a gift from Walther Rathenau’s mother in memory of her son
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

“A kind of portrait in a late evening mood” – is how Klinger referred to the painting he had executed on the terrace of his studio in Rome. Suspended in the vastness of the sky, the woman makes an oddly severe impression. While the figure and background form a unified whole, the latter is more a backdrop than a real landscape. The studies Klinger carried out in the open air represent symbolic spaces reflecting a state of mind. His works later found an echo in the paintings of the Surrealists.

About the Donation

At the request of Mathilde Rathenau (1845-1926), a native of Frankfurt, a number of paintings were presented to the Städel in 1926 in memory of her son Walther Rathenau (1867-1922). Walther Rathenau, an industrialist and one of the co-founders of the German Democratic Party, was appointed foreign minister in January 1922. In June of that year he was assassinated in Berlin by the Organisation Consul, whose aim was to fight the Weimar Constitution.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Portrait of a Roman Woman on a Flat Roof in Rome
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert und datiert unten links: MK 91 (MK ligiert)

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926 as a gift from Walther Rathenau’s mother in memory of her son

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 61BB111(+55) anonymous historical person portrayed alone - BB - woman (+ full length portrait)
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31AA235(+3) sitting figure - AA - female human figure (+ sideview, profile)
  • 41A36 roof (of house or building)
  • 61E(ROMA) names of cities and villages (ROMA)
Secondary
  • 41A721 chair
  • 25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city

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02.12.2019