Self-Portrait, Otto Scholderer
Otto Scholderer
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Otto Scholderer

Self-Portrait, 1875 – 1876

96.5 x 76.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on Canvas
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1906 with means provided by the Carl Schaub-Stiftung
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 3


About the Work

Otto Scholderer, originally from Frankfurt, lived in London from 1871 to 1899, where he worked mainly as a portrait and still life painter. Here, he depicts himself as an elegant Victorian gentleman and, thus, as an artist who has become part of English society. The painting style is influenced by his connection to France. Above all, the soft transitions and the mild, brown-golden light are reminiscent of Fantin-Latour’s work, a close friend of his. Scholderer painted this representative self-portrait for an exhibition at the Royal Academy. For him, it was a calling card of his skill, which he also showed at exhibitions in Paris and Frankfurt.

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on Canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
signiert oben rechts: "O. Scholderer"
Work Catalogues
  • Bagdahn 2002, Nr. 150

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1906 with means provided by the Carl Schaub-Stiftung

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 48C513(+2) portrait, self-portrait of painter (+ artist in non-work situation)
  • 61B2(SCHOLDERER, Otto)11(+53) historical person (SCHOLDERER, Otto) - historical person (SCHOLDERER, Otto) portrayed alone (+ half-length portrait)
  • 31D14(+1) adult man (+ front view)
  • 31A231 standing figure

Research and Discussion


Object History
erworben mit Mitteln der Carl Schaub-Stiftung durch das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1906.


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