Squatting Figures, Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Squatting Figures
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay

Squatting Figures, 1945

392 x 593 mm
Physical Description
Pencil, erased and stumped, on wove paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
16314 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In this pencil drawing, Ernst Wilhelm Nay depicted three voluminous figures with strongly simplified forms. He had broken the human body down into triangles, circles and rhombi and assembled those individual elements to arrive at these angular protagonists. The floor and the gaps between the figures feature chessboard-like patterns and circular eye shapes. By allowing the ornament to penetrate the bodies, the artist interlinked space and figure.

Work Data

Basic Information

Squatting Figures
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil, erased and stumped, on wove paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Captions Added Later
Verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
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Work Catalogues
  • Claesges 2012.I.250.45-055

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

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Research and Discussion


Object History
Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Ernst Holzinger, Frankfurt am Main
Schenkung an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1968.


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