Still Life with Asparagus, Helene Beckerath
Helene Beckerath
Still Life with Asparagus
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Helene Beckerath

Still Life with Asparagus, ca. 1910 – 1920

53.5 x 64.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1035
Acquired in 1941 as transfer of the Frankfurter Künstlerförderung
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 3


About the Work

By purposefully directing the light, Helene von Beckerath succeeded in setting the scene for the white asparagus spears and a few everyday objects with suspense and to great effect. The chiaroscuro, the limited colour range and the fluid, fast brushwork show the artist’s preoccupation with French Impressionist painting, especially with the works of Edouard Manet. Yet, Dutch still lifes and Chardin’s work also resonate here.

Work Data

Basic Information

Still Life with Asparagus
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: HvB

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Helene von Beckerath
Acquired in 1941 as transfer of the Frankfurter Künstlerförderung

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif


  • 41C65 vegetables and fruit; still life of vegetables and fruit

Research and Discussion


Object History
Helene von Beckerath, Frankfurt am Main
Verkauf an die Stadt Frankfurt am Main, 1941 (Überweisung der Künstlerförderung).


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