The Birth of the Horses, Franz Marc
Franz Marc
The Birth of the Horses
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Franz Marc

The Birth of the Horses, 1913


Blatt
353 x 254 mm
Druckstock
214 x 145 mm
Physical Description
Colour woodcut from four printing blocks in red (1st colour block), green (2nd colour block), black (drawing block), and brown (3rd colour block) on Japanese paper
Inventory Number
65953
Object Number
65953 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1948 as a donation from the heirs of the Carl Hagemann estate
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Acquisition

From 1900 onwards, the Frankfurt chemist and industrialist Carl Hagemann (1867‒1940) assembled one of the most important private collections of modern art. It included numerous paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints, especially by members of the artist group “Die Brücke”. After Carl Hagemann died in an accident during the Second World War, the then Städel director Ernst Holzinger arranged for Hagemann’s heirs to evacuate his collection with the museum’s collection. In gratitude, the family donated almost all of the works on paper to the Städel Museum in 1948. Further donations and permanent loans as well as purchases of paintings and watercolours from the Hagemann estate helped to compensate for the losses the museum had suffered in 1937 as part of the Nazi’s “Degenerate Art” campaign. Today, the Hagemann Collection forms the core of the Städel museum’s Expressionist collection.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Birth of the Horses
Artist
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Colour woodcut from four printing blocks in red (1st colour block), green (2nd colour block), black (drawing block), and brown (3rd colour block) on Japanese paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert im Druckstock unten rechts: M
Nummeriert und signiert unten links (mit Bleistift): 10./Fz. Marc
Captions Added Later
Nummeriert unten links (mit Bleistift): 7
Verso betitelt von Maria Marc unten mittig (mit Bleistift): Geburt der Pferde; bezeichnet und nummeriert unten rechts (von anderer Hand): Dr. Hagemann Nr. 1; nummeriert oben links: 673. [um 90 Grad gedreht]
Verso unten links violetter Nachlassstempel (Lugt 1782a), mit bestätigendem Namenszug von Maria Marc (mit Bleistift)
Verso unten mittig Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Schardt VII-1913-5
  • Lankheit 840
  • Hoberg-Jansen 40

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1948 as a donation from the heirs of the Carl Hagemann estate

Work Content

Motifs and References

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Secondary

Research and Discussion

Provenance

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

Information

Since 2001, the Städel Museum has systematically been researching the provenance of all objects that were acquired during the National Socialist period, or that changed owners or could have changed owners during those years. The basis for this research is the “Washington Declaration”, also known as the “Washington Conference Principles”, formulated at the 1998 “Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets” and the subsequent “Joint Declaration”.

The provenance information is based on the sources researched at the time they were published digitally. However, this information can change at any time when new sources are discovered. Provenance research is therefore a continuous process and one that is updated at regular intervals.

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  • the type of acquisition and/or the way the object changed hands
  • the owner's name and place of residence
  • the date on which it changed hands

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Last update

29.07.2022