Portrait of Franz Adickes, mayor of Frankfurt, Max Liebermann
Max Liebermann
Portrait of Franz Adickes, mayor of Frankfurt
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Max Liebermann

Portrait of Franz Adickes, mayor of Frankfurt, 1910


Dimensions
112 x 90 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 173
Acquisition
Acquired in 1911
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

Texts

About the Work

At the beginning of 1910, Georg Swarzenski, the Städel’s director at the time, suggested to Max Liebermann that he should paint a portrait of the then Mayor of Frankfurt, Franz Adickes (1846‒1915), who was a committed supporter of the arts and sciences. He was, for instance, significantly involved in the foundation of the Städtische Galerie, which was affiliated with the Städelsches Kunstinstitut in 1906 and was focused primarily on contemporary art. Originally, Swarzenski had intended to purchase two other works by the Berlin artist. However, his plan failed, on account of the Städtische Sammlung Purchasing Committee preferring “tamer” works. The portrait painted in Liebermann’s studio arrived in Frankfurt at the end of 1910, but it was brought back to Berlin for an exhibition at the beginning of 1911. It was probably then that Liebermann added the date “1911”.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Portrait of Franz Adickes, mayor of Frankfurt
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert oben rechts (in Blau): M Liebermann 1911.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1911

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown

Iconclass

Primary
  • 61B2(ADICKES, Franz)11(+54) historical person (ADICKES, Franz) - historical person (ADICKES, Franz) portrayed alone (+ three-quarter length portrait)
  • 31D14(+4) adult man (+ three-quarter view)
  • 31A235 sitting figure
Secondary

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
In Auftrag gegeben auf Initiative von Direktor Georg Swarzenski und verkauft durch die Galerie Paul Cassirer, Berlin, an die Stadt Frankfurt am Main, 1910.

Information

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Last update

02.12.2020