The Iron Bridge (so-called Eiserner Steg) at Frankfurt Main, View Towards Sachsenhausen, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
The Iron Bridge (so-called Eiserner Steg) at Frankfurt Main, View Towards Sachsenhausen
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

The Iron Bridge (so-called Eiserner Steg) at Frankfurt Main, View Towards Sachsenhausen, ca. 1916

321 x 373 mm
Physical Description
Pencil on light cardboard
Inventory Number
Object Number
16228 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

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.

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The Iron Bridge (so-called Eiserner Steg) at Frankfurt Main, View Towards Sachsenhausen
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil on light cardboard
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Captions Added Later
Unten rechts: violetter Nachlassstempel des Kunstmuseum Basel (Lugt 1570b): NACHLASS / E. L. KIRCHNER, mit dazugehöriger Bezeichnung (mit Feder in Schwarz): P Da/ Bi 6, rechts daneben (in Bleistift): P 7
Verso Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
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Work Catalogues
  • Lenz 1974, 38

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Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain

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Research and Discussion


Object History
Nachlass Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1938
Schenkung der Erben an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1954/55.


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