Sedentary Group, Oskar Schlemmer
Oskar Schlemmer
Sedentary Group
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Oskar Schlemmer

Sedentary Group, 1942

551 x 366 mm
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Oil over pencil on oil paper, perforations in the corners
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17911 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

Even in the face of ongoing defamation by the Nazis, Schlemmer stuck to his all-decisive principle: 'the simple state of the figure, … its silent to and fro in space' (diary, 18 Jan. 1936). This idea also informs the ‘Sedentary Group’ with its relatively subdued palette. To obtain that effect, Schlemmer dabbed the diluted oils on the smooth oil paper with a brush and a sponge. Light and shade come about through the density of the paint’s diffuse, cloudy-looking application.

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.

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