Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Der Eiserne Steg in Frankfurt. Städtische Kunstsammlungen, Bonn
Kirchner had lived in Frankfurt for a time as a child. But it was only later, when he visited the city in 1916 and again in 1925/26, that it made its way into his art. In 1916, he depicted, among other things, the Iron Bridge, boldly spanning it across the sheet in a diagonal. He grants the beholder a view of the steel truss construction, curved top chords and massive piers from a bird’s-eye-perspective. In the lower left-hand corner he has placed a fisherman who animates the cityscape along with other figures he has reduced to abstract icons.
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”.
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