Sad Woman; Standing Female Nude; Nude Girl, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Sad Woman; Standing Female Nude; Nude Girl
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Sad Woman; Standing Female Nude; Nude Girl, 1921


Dimensions
63.5 x 19.5 cm
diameter
16.5 cm
Physical Description
Swiss pine wood, painted
Inventory Number
SGP206
Acquisition
Acquired in 1974
Status
On display

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About the Work

'Melancholy Girl' was the name Kirchner gave to this sculpture carved from Swiss pine, which he first presented to the public at the Galerie Schames in Frankfurt. In a state of collapse and with reddened eyes, the woman demonstratively presents her feminine charms. Kirchner has combined in the figure the appearance of his two most important partners: the body recalls that of Doris Große, his friend during his time in Dresden, while the head is that of Erna Schilling, his companion in later years. With its smooth surface and carefully coloured setting, the sculpture remains unique in Kirchner's sculptural works.

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Title
Sad Woman; Standing Female Nude; Nude Girl
Sculptor
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Swiss pine wood, painted
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1974

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Primary
  • 31AA11(+89) standing figure (canon, proportions) - AA - female human figure (+ nude human being)
  • 31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden
  • 56BB1 Pain, Sorrow, Sadness; 'Dolore', 'Dolore di Zeusi' (Ripa)

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31.01.2019