The Elysian Fields (Dancing nymphs), Hans Thoma
Hans Thoma
The Elysian Fields (Dancing nymphs)
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Hans Thoma: Tanzende Nymphen, 1888, Öl auf Pappe, 76 x 97 cm. Ehemals Kunsthandel (Henry Thode, Thoma. Des Meisters Gemälde, Stuttgart, Leipzig 1909, S. 281)

Hans Thoma

The Elysian Fields (Dancing nymphs), 1890

239 x 298 mm
Physical Description
Brush in black, watercolour over black and red chalk on wove paper
Inventory Number
SG 2017
Object Number
SG 2017 Z
Acquired in 1938 as the Thoma Collection of Otto Eiser-Eduard Küchler
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

Work Data

Basic Information

The Elysian Fields (Dancing nymphs)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Brush in black, watercolour over black and red chalk on wove paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert und datiert unten rechts (mit schwarzem Stift): HTh [HT ligiert] 90
Captions Added Later
Verso unten links Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Nicht geprüft

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1938 as the Thoma Collection of Otto Eiser-Eduard Küchler

Work Content


  • 35 pastorals, Arcadian scenes
  • 31A2352(+32) sitting on an elevation (+ right side visible; right - (r. hand, r. foot, etc.))
  • 48CC7351(+1) flute, aulos, tibia - CC - out of doors (+ artist at work)
  • 92L3(+5) nymphs (in general); 'Ninfe in commune' (Ripa) (+ non-aggressive, friendly or neutral activities and relationships)
  • 43C94 group dancing
  • 25HH2143(+1) pond, pool - HH - ideal landscapes (+ landscape with figures, staffage)
  • 25F36(SWAN) water-birds: swan
  • 41C68(+0) fish; still life of fishes (+ variant)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Otto Eiser (1834-1898) / Eduard Küchler (1840-1919, Vater von Sofie Bergman geb. Küchler)
an Sofie Bergman-Küchler (1878-1960), Frankfurt am Main
Verkauf und Schenkung als "Hans Thoma-Sammlung von Otto Eiser-Eduard Küchler" an die Stadt Frankfurt am Main, 1938.


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