Portrait of the Painter Jakob Nussbaum, Ottilie W. Roederstein
Ottilie W. Roederstein
Portrait of the Painter Jakob Nussbaum
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Ottilie W. Roederstein

Portrait of the Painter Jakob Nussbaum, 1909

87 x 61.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 135
Acquired in 1910 with funds provided by the Pfungst-Stiftung
Not on display


About the Work

The portrait shows Ottilie W. Roederstein’s friend and colleague Jakob Nussbaum. The brush and his palette clearly identify him as a painter. The painting is characterised by free brushwork and bright colours. In the same year, Nussbaum produced a portrait of Roederstein, in which he captured her life-size in a summer landscape; this work is also in the collection of the museum (Inv. SG 243). Roederstein and Nussbaum were active together in the Frankfurt-Cronberg artists’ association, which was influenced by painting en plain air as the French Impressionists did. They aimed at promoting it in Germany as well. This influence can be clearly felt in Roederstein’s portrait of Nussbaum. At the same time, it marks the zenith and end of her Impressionist phase, as, a short time later, the artists’ association dissolved and Roederstein adopted a more objective, two-dimensional, linear style.

Work Data

Basic Information

Portrait of the Painter Jakob Nussbaum
Production Place
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammed bottom left: OWR (ligature)
Monogrammed and dated on back in purple: OWR 1909
Work Catalogues
  • Roek 1999, WVZ Nr. 798
  • Jughenn, WVZ Nr. 1909-11

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1910 with funds provided by the Pfungst-Stiftung

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown


  • 48C513(+1) portrait, self-portrait of painter (+ artist at work)
  • 61B2(NUSSBAUM, Jakob)11(+54) historical person (NUSSBAUM, Jakob) - historical person (NUSSBAUM, Jakob) portrayed alone (+ three-quarter length portrait)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Ottilie W. Roederstein (1859-1937), Hofheim
Verkauf an die Stadt Frankfurt am Main, 1910 (erworben mit Mitteln der Pfungst-Stiftung).


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