Portrait of Käthe Kollwitz, Hugo Erfurth
Hugo Erfurth
Portrait of Käthe Kollwitz
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Hugo Erfurth

Portrait of Käthe Kollwitz, 1925 – 1929 (print 1935)


Darstellung
37.8 x 28.2 cm
Passepartout
60.0 x 50.0 cm
Physical Description
Bromoil process
Inventory Number
St.F.85
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 with support of the Kulturstiftung der Länder and Hessischer Kulturstiftung, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Hugo Erfurth was one of the most important portrait photographers in Germany during the Weimar Republic. He was highly appreciated, especially in artist circles, for the sensitive portrayals in which he managed to capture the subject’s psyche. Whereas in the 1920s his prominent models still came primarily from the realm of culture and theatre, in the 1930s he focused increasingly on leading figures in business and politics. With the aid of noble printing techniques that lend his depictions striking depth, he emphasized the superiority of his photographs, which already fetched high prices during his lifetime. Erfurth’s creed was to remain ‘true, clear, and faithful to life’ in his artistic works—regardless of his models’ political outlooks.

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Basic Information

Title
Portrait of Käthe Kollwitz
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Bromoil process
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet recto unten rechts auf der Fotografie: Handschriftlich: Hugo Erfurth, Kollwitz, 25

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 with support of the Kulturstiftung der Länder and Hessischer Kulturstiftung, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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Primary
  • 48B3 portrait, self-portrait of artist
  • 48B2 artist in non-work situation
  • 61BB2(KOLLWITZ, Käthe)(+521) historical person (KOLLWITZ, Käthe) - BB - woman (+ full face portrait)
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31A25 postures and gestures of arms and hands
Secondary

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Last update

13.01.2022