The Life (Hagemann Design), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
The Life (Hagemann Design)
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

The Life (Hagemann Design), 1927

316 x 368 mm
Physical Description
Watercolour, gouache and black ink over pencil, segmentation in black grease crayon on paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
17768 Z
Acquired in 2019, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

It was in the so-called Hagemann Design that Kirchner arrived at the carpet’s final colour scheme. The composition corresponds almost entirely to that of the finished carpet, which was in production from 1927 onwards (Städel Museum, Inv. No. 2111). Even if minor details are missing, the study already conveys the symmetrical and rhythmic pictorial structure with its centrally placed geometric form, mirrored pairs of figures and rows of mountain peaks. With regard to content and composition alike, this work manifests Kirchner’s ideal vision of the peaceful coexistence of man and nature.

Work Data

Basic Information

The Life (Hagemann Design)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Watercolour, gouache and black ink over pencil, segmentation in black grease crayon on paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und bezeichnet unten rechts (mit Bleistift): "Herrn K Hagemann" E L Kirchner
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet unten links (mit Bleistift): 323.
Verso unten links bezeichnet (mit Bleistift): Nr. 25: 30,5/32 / 323
  • Nicht geprüft

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 2019, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 31A235 sitting figure
  • 31A231 standing figure
  • 43C92 one pair dancing; man and woman dancing as a couple
  • 25F animals

Research and Discussion


Other Inventory Number
  • LG 66 Z


Object History
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Schenkung an Carl Hagemann (1867-1940), Frankfurt
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, 1940
erworben durch den Städelschen Museums-Verein, Frankfurt, 2019.


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