Scholockow, Eugen Schönebeck
Eugen Schönebeck
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Eugen Schönebeck

Scholockow, 1966

221 x 186 mm
Physical Description
Pencil, fixed, on wove paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
16984 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Around 1965, Eugen Schönebeck began assembling an imaginary gallery of “friendship portraits”, including this drawing of the Soviet novelist Mikhail Sholokhov (1905–1984). The writer had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his magnum opus "Quiet Flows the Don". Schönebeck based his likeness on a photograph. He captured the head and hand first with fine lines and then with very broad contours, and depicted the shaded areas of the face as segments of dense hatching. The strong chiaroscuro contrasts and block-like forms lend the head a sculptural quality.

Work Data

Basic Information

Scholockow (Original Title)
Title Translation
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil, fixed, on wove paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts (mit blauem Kugelschreiber): Schönebeck 1966
Bezeichnet unten links (mit blauem Kugelschreiber): "Scholochow"
Captions Added Later
Verso Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

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

Work Content

Motifs and References

Persons Shown


  • 61B2(JUPITER)1(+512) historical person (JUPITER) - historical person(JUPITER) portrayed (+ three-quarter view portrait)
  • 41C743(+1) cigarette (+ taking (particular) foodstuffs: eating, drinking, smoking, chewing, etc.)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Eugen Schönebeck
Hanspeter Rabe
Schenkung an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2008.


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