Sedentary Group, Oskar Schlemmer
Oskar Schlemmer
Sedentary Group
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Oskar Schlemmer

Sedentary Group, 1942

551 x 366 mm
Physical Description
Oil over pencil on oil paper, perforations in the corners
Inventory Number
Object Number
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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Sedentary Group
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil over pencil on oil paper, perforations in the corners
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Nummeriert unten rechts (mit Bleistift): 1142
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • von Maur G 475
  • Hildebrandt 396

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 41AA1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings - AA - civic architecture: inside

Research and Discussion


Object History
Nachlass Oskar Schlemmer (Tut Schlemmer), 1943
an Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt, 1952
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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