San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Emil Nolde
Emil Nolde
San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice
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Emil Nolde

San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, 1924

345 x 448 mm
Physical Description
Watercolour on Japanese laid paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
17906 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 1924, Nolde visited Italy, a land of longing for countless artists. In Venice he painted, among other things, the island of San Giorgio Maggiore with the monastery of the same name. He usually had paper and his paintbox with him when he roamed the city. That enabled him to commit the light of the setting sun directly to paper, even if he undoubtedly also enhanced it atmospherically in the process. Nolde had a special fondness for the intense vibrancy of watercolour paints and the way they blended when applied wet-on-wet.

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

San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Watercolour on Japanese laid paper
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts (mit der Feder in Braun): Nolde.
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Nolde Stiftung Seebüll
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References



Research and Discussion


Object History
verkauft an Yvonne Hagen (1918-2005), Berlin/Paris, ca. 1948
verkauft durch Virginia Hammersmith Fontaine (1915-1991) und Paul Emile Fontaine (1913-1996), Frankfurt/Darmstadt an Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt, 1958
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.


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