Sitting Couple (Nudes), Christian Rohlfs
Christian Rohlfs
Sitting Couple (Nudes)
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Christian Rohlfs

Sitting Couple (Nudes), 1910

145 x 155 mm
Physical Description
Pen and black ink over watercolour on laid paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
16177 Z
Not on display


About the Work

These two small-scale drawings (Städel Museum, Inv. No. 16177, 16178) bear witness to Rohlfs’s artistic encounter with the Brücke artists’ association. That applies both to the motif of the nude moving in nature without constraint and to the mode in which he depicted the figures. He represented their bodies with a reduced palette and no more than a few lines, entirely omitting any perspectival indication of depth. What is more, they fill the pictorial field to such an extent that they almost seem to burst the bounds of the framing lines in pen and black ink.

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Sitting Couple (Nudes)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pen and black ink over watercolour on laid paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert und datiert unten rechts (mit Feder in Schwarz): CR 10
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet unten links (mit Kopierstift und Bleistift): Christian Rohlfs, Hagen / DR Hagemann Nr. 2; Verso Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 33C23 couple of lovers
  • 31A2351 sitting on the ground
  • 31AA2351 sitting on the ground - AA - female human figure

Research and Discussion


Object History
Carl Hagemann (1867-1940), Frankfurt
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, 1940
Schenkung der Erben an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1948.


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