Procession of the Giants, Willi Baumeister
Willi Baumeister
Procession of the Giants
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Willi Baumeister

Procession of the Giants, 1947

447 x 570 mm
Physical Description
Charcoal, stumped, erased, and oil crayon in black, rubbed as frottage, pastel in yellow, orange, blue, green, purple and brown on chamois-coloured wove paper, fixed
Inventory Number
Object Number
17679 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In Willi Baumeister’s works of the late 1930s, the depictions of human figures take on the character of signs resembling written letters. "The Procession of the Giants" combines mythical worlds with the reduced forms the artist had drawn from his study of ancient cultures. Yet the work also owes its primeval quality to the drawing mediums and complex drawing technique he employed. For example, an irregular structure reminiscent of a rock face covers the entire surface. To achieve that effect, the artist laid the sheet on a relief-like surface whose structure appeared on the paper when he went over it with charcoal.

Work Data

Basic Information

Procession of the Giants
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Charcoal, stumped, erased, and oil crayon in black, rubbed as frottage, pastel in yellow, orange, blue, green, purple and brown on chamois-coloured wove paper, fixed
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links (mit Bleistift): W Baumeister 47
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet oben mittig (mit Kreide in Schwarz): oben
Verso bezeichnet oben mittig (mit Bleistift): Silbergrau
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Ponert 1806

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif


  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D32 line (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry
  • 49D322 curved line
  • 49D341 irregular quadrilateral
  • 49D33 triangle (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D36 circle (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 22C4 colours, pigments, and paints

Research and Discussion


Object History
Willi Baumeister (1889-1955)
Galerie Valentien, Stuttgart
Verst. Villa Grisebach, Berlin, 4.6.1993 (Los-Nr. 49)
Privatsammlung Süddeutschland
Galerie Valentien, Stuttgart
Galerie Luzán, Berlin
verkauft an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2017.


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