Selbstbildnis mit Palette, Werner Tübke
Werner Tübke
Selbstbildnis mit Palette
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Werner Tübke

Selbstbildnis mit Palette, 1971


Dimensions
72.5 x 44.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2245
Acquisition
Acquired in 2008 as a gift from Fritz and Waltraud Mayer
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Until 1969, artists in the German Democratic Republic were subject to rigorous government restrictions. When these were relaxed in 1971 – the year this self-portrait was painted – Tübke rose to become the most prominent painter of the Leipzig School, and thus of the GDR. He expresses his newly strengthened sense of self-confidence in this painting, showing himself in the process of completing a fresco of Adam and Eve. In Old Masterly manner, he constructs a semicircle whose radius extends from the tip of the brush to Adam’s right index finger, thus referencing the otherworldly, divine sphere. The painting demonstrates the degree to which the artist, in his role as creator, sheds the realist style demanded by the state authorities and – distancing himself from socialist specifications – perfectly imitates and combines Renaissance and Mannerist styles.

About the Acquisition

In 2008 Fritz and Waltraud Mayer of Frankfurt donated several important works by prominent painters of the former German Democratic Republic – for example Wolfgang Mattheuer, Werner Tübke and Arno Rink – to the Städel’s Department of Contemporary Art from their private collection, thus filling a major gap in the museum’s holdings. The gift was accompanied by an outstandingly generous contribution towards the expansion of the Städel, and by the announcement that the Mayers intended to continue supporting the Städelscher Museums-Verein in the future.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Selbstbildnis mit Palette (Original Title)
Title Translation
Self-portrait with Palette
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Acquisition
Acquired in 2008 as a gift from Fritz and Waltraud Mayer

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Medial Picture Elements
  • Werner Tübke: Liebespaar (aus dem Triptychon "Mensch - Maß aller Dinge", 2. Fassung), 1975, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin

Iconclass

Primary
Secondary
  • 31A14 human figure of ideal proportions, e.g. academic nude
  • 48C1412 interior ~ representation of a building

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Last update

22.10.2020