The Weaver, Max Liebermann
Max Liebermann
The Weaver
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Max Liebermann

The Weaver, 1882

57.0 x 78.0 cm
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1926 as a gift in commemoration of Walther Rathenau.
Not on display


About the Acquisition

At the request of Mathilde Rathenau (1845-1926), a native of Frankfurt, a number of paintings were presented to the Städel in 1926 in memory of her son Walther Rathenau (1867-1922). Walther Rathenau, an industrialist and one of the co-founders of the German Democratic Party, was appointed foreign minister in January 1922. In June of that year he was assassinated in Berlin by the Organisation Consul, whose aim was to fight the Weimar Constitution.

Work Data

Basic Information

The Weaver
Period Produced
Object Type
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert oben links: M. Liebermann

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1926 as a gift in commemoration of Walther Rathenau.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions


  • 47A21 workshop-interior
  • 47H463 weaving-loom
  • 47H313 spinning-wheel
  • 47H46 weaving
  • 42B74 family group, especially parents with their child(ren)
  • 31AA235(+2) sitting figure - AA - female human figure (+ back view)
  • 47H14 wool (material ~ textile industry)
  • 41A7751 container made of plant material other than wood: basket
  • 41A721 chair
  • 41D23322 slippers
  • 41A3372 view through a window from the inside

Research and Discussion


Object History
Walther Rathenau (1867-1922), Berlin
Nachlass Walther Rathenau, Berlin, 1922
Vermächtnis Mathilde Rathenau-Nachmann (1845-1926), Berlin zum Andenken an ihren Sohn Walther Rathenau (1867-1922) an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1926.


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