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

63.5 x 19.5 cm
16.5 cm
Physical Description
Swiss pine wood, painted
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1974
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 11


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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Sad Woman; Standing Female Nude; Nude Girl
Sculptor (male)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Swiss pine wood, painted

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1974

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions


  • 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)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Sammlung Gervais, Zürich/Lyon
Galerie Springer Berlin
verkauft an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1974.


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