Still Life with Petroleum Lamp, Alexej von Jawlensky
Alexej von Jawlensky
Still Life with Petroleum Lamp
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Alexej von Jawlensky

Still Life with Petroleum Lamp, 1907

53 x 49 cm
Physical Description
Oil on paperboard
Inventory Number
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 15


About the Work

In his early work, when he was still in search of a pictorial language of his own, Jawlensky studied post-Impressionism in great depth. On his numerous trips to France between 1903 and 1907, he gained manifold artistic impressions which he 'processed' above all in still lifes. One recurring motif is this petroleum lamp. Here it is depicted in an especially sketchy manner with abbreviated strokes of the brush that leave the surface of the paperboard visible in places. The weave of colours, now dense, now loose, vividly illustrates the flickering shine of the lamp.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

Work Data

Basic Information

Still Life with Petroleum Lamp
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on paperboard

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 41E still life of miscellaneous objects
  • 41B3 lighting; lamps
  • 22C4 colours, pigments, and paints
  • 22C4(GREEN) colours, pigments, and paints: green
  • 22C4(RED) colours, pigments, and paints: red

Research and Discussion


Object History
Christoph Bernoulli (1897-1981), Basel
Verst. Kunstkabinett R. N. Ketterer (16. Auktion), Stuttgart an Max Fischer (1886-1975), Stuttgart, 25.-27. November1952 (Los-Nr. 1516)
Verst. Kunstkabinett R. N. Ketterer (22. Auktion), Stuttgart an „Wiese“ [möglicherweise Erich Wiese], 29. November-1. Dezember 1955 (Los-Nr. 1261)
Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.


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