The Hermit in front of His Retreat, Carl Spitzweg
Carl Spitzweg
The Hermit in front of His Retreat
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Carl Spitzweg

The Hermit in front of His Retreat, 1844

30.5 x 34.5 cm
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Oil on canvas
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Acquired in 1900 as a gift from Martin Flersheim, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 3


About the Acquisition

The merchant Martin Flersheim (1856-1935) was a member of the board of the Städelscher Museums-Verein from the society's foundation in 1899 until his death, as well as a member of many other cultural institutions. The Flersheim family owned - in the words of the prominent house guest Harry Graf Kessler - an "extensive, fairly colourful collection of pictures". In 1900 Martin Flersheim made his first donation to the Städelscher Museums-Verein, which had been in existence for just one year: Carl Spitzweg's 'The Hermit in front of His Retreat'. It was the first painting to be included in the museum's collection by the popular but subtle painter. Shortly afterwards, Flersheim bequeathed another work to the Städel: Otto Scholderer's 'Violinist by the Window'.

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