Reclining nude, Alexej von Jawlensky
Alexej von Jawlensky
Reclining nude
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Alexej von Jawlensky

Reclining nude, 1912

310 x 490 mm
Physical Description
Graphite on Japanese paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
17894 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In 1912, Jawlensky drew the female nude in numerous and ever new variations. This study on thin Japanese paper dates from that phase as well. It derives its impact from the contrasts between the different graphic devices: whereas concentrated, clear, sharp lines describe the contour of the reclining figure’s body, wider, somewhat loosely placed, jagged strokes create shade and a sense of depth. Through the intersection of these two types of line, the body merges with its surroundings. The face is stylized to such an extent as to look virtually planar, but the body—despite its reduction to contour lines—possesses a three-dimensional quality.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

Work Data

Basic Information

Reclining nude
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Graphite on Japanese paper
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts (mit Bleistift): AJawlensky
Captions Added Later
Datiert unten links (von fremder Hand?, mit Bleistift): 1912
Verso datiert unten links (von fremder Hand?, mit Bleistift): 1912
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • WVZ Jawlensky 1998, 108

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure
  • 31AA236 lying figure - AA - female human figure

Research and Discussion


Object History
Verst. Frankfurter Kunsthaus L.-G. Buchheim-Dr. G. Haase (1. Auktion), Frankfurt an Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt, 21.-22. April 1950 (Los-Nr. 623) [1]
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019 [2].


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