The War, Hans Thoma
Hans Thoma
The War
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Hans Thoma

The War, 1907


Dimensions
72.0 x 64.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2000
Acquisition
Acquired in 1944 with the Kotzenberg Donation
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

War has left behind a blazing inferno. The silhouette of the allegorical figure rises darkly against the flaming red fire the dragon is spewing from his helmet. The rigorous profile view gives the man a look of unwavering determination, so that the dramatic sense of movement makes the events seem inevitable. The Städel acquired the painting during the Second World War. A work dealing with the same subject is also to be found in the Thoma Chapel at the Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe, built from 1905 to 1908. Hans Thoma was the director there for twenty years.

About the Donation

The Norwegian consul and businessman Karl Kotzenberg (1866-1940) rendered outstanding services to the City of Frankfurt in the 1920s through his extensive efforts on behalf of business, culture and education. The financial ruin he suffered in 1929-30 was somewhat alleviated by the financial support of the city and the university. Four years after his death his widow, Anna Kotzenberg (1873-1956), fulfilled the wishes of the former administrator of the Städel and donated several of his artworks to the museum.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The War
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert und datiert unten rechts (in Rot): HTh 1907 (HTh ligiert)

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1944 with the Kotzenberg Donation

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 45A10 symbols, allegories of war; 'Guerra' (Ripa)
  • 41B4 on fire, ablaze
  • 45B the soldier; the soldier's life
  • 45C221 helmet
  • 25FF411(+1) dragon (+ animals used symbolically)
Secondary
  • 48C24 piece of sculpture, reproduction of a piece of sculpture
  • 25D13(GOLD) minerals and metals: gold
  • 45C14(LANCE) helved weapons, polearms (for striking, hacking, thrusting): lance
  • 46C131411 fighting horses
  • 45L42 setting on fire (of conquered city)

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11.02.2020