Skizzenbuch, Jakob Becker
Jakob Becker
Skizzenbuch
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Jakob Becker

Skizzenbuch


Buchblock mit Einband
219 x 286 x 13 mm
Buchblock ohne Einband
211 x 278 x 9 mm
Einleger 1
114 x 159 mm
Einleger 2
148 x 148 mm
Einleger 3
max. 172 x 213 mm
Einleger 4
max. 262 x max. 225 mm
Einleger 5
109 x 70 mm
Einleger 6
213 x 189 mm
Physical Description
Pencil and watercolours on wove paper, in half cloth book covers, covered with black-coated paper with grain embossing, with pen loop made of greenish black cloth Inlay 1–3: pencil on wove paper; inlay 4: pencil on tracing paper; inlay 5: graphite on tissue paper; inlay 6: pencil on whatman wove paper
Inventory Number
15012
Object Number
15012 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 1923 as a gift from Henriette Maximiliane Gräfin Schimmelpenninck
Status
Not on display

Texts

About the Work

Jakob Becker’s sketchbook, which is mostly blank and undated, contains mainly figure studies of people in traditional costume from Hessia. They served – as suggested by a compositional sketch pasted into the front of the book as well as a whole series of individual sheets also kept in the Städel Museum – to prepare a painting (which is as yet unidentified) that was to show boys and girls of different ages singing outdoors under the direction of a teacher. The teacher on sheet 5 recto bears the features of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. For the other studies, Becker seems to have used individual children as models: their posture is too similar to the designed composition, their features seem too much like portraits. Becker carefully studied their clothing, especially the traditional costumes, which he coloured with a brush in watercolour. – See also the slightly altered compositional study (Inv. 14960) and other individual figure studies (Inv. 14523, 14524, 14543, 14893, 14894, 15027) in the Städel Museum, which, in comparison with the painting, would provide information about the work process.

The sketchbook contains a trace copy and a few rough sketches in various formats, which were made by Becker, as well as a portrait of the 25-year-old artist drawn in pencil by Johann Jakob Jung (?) in Frankfurt in 1835.

For a full sketchbook description, please see “Research”.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Skizzenbuch
Draughtsman
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil and watercolours on wove paper, in half cloth book covers, covered with black-coated paper with grain embossing, with pen loop made of greenish black cloth Inlay 1–3: pencil on wove paper; inlay 4: pencil on tracing paper; inlay 5: graphite on tissue paper; inlay 6: pencil on whatman wove paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Nicht bezeichnet
Captions Added Later
Auf dem vorderen Spiegel oben links grauer Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden Einleger 6: J Whatma[n] [in Kapitälchen]

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1923 as a gift from Henriette Maximiliane Gräfin Schimmelpenninck

Research and Discussion

Research

Description / Content
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Last update

26.01.2023