The Woman with the Goose, Paula Modersohn-Becker
Paula Modersohn-Becker
The Woman with the Goose
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Paula Modersohn-Becker

The Woman with the Goose, 1902


Blatt
220 x 308 mm
Platte
129 x 178 mm
Physical Description
Colour etching with aquatint and roulette from a single plate in two printings in bluish green over light brown, hand-coloured with brush in red, on laid paper
Inventory Number
68009
Object Number
68009 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

The old women from the Worpswede poorhouse had been a source of inspiration for Modersohn-Becker’s drawings, paintings, and prints since 1898. In this etching, the tight framing lends the old woman walking with a stick an immediate presence. Modersohn-Becker depicted her with a nearly block-like corporeality. At the same time, she processed the printing plate in such a way that the figure’s contours and face seem to be blurred by a kind of fog. The goose, on the other hand, which takes its colour directly from the blank paper, has surprisingly sharp contours. It owes its bright red beak and feet to accents added with a brush.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Woman with the Goose
Artist
Printer
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Colour etching with aquatint and roulette from a single plate in two printings in bluish green over light brown, hand-coloured with brush in red, on laid paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Nicht bezeichnet (auch ohne die Signatur des Druckers Otto Felsing)
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet unten links (mit Bleistift): Kat. No. 47; unten rechts: Paula Modersohn, eigenh. Probedruck / einzigartiges Exempl.
Watermark
  • unten rechts: ARC[HES]
Work Catalogues
  • Werner 5 IV b (von IV)
  • Pauli 4
  • Stroemer 47

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References

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Secondary

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
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Privatbesitz, Mülheim
Verst. Kunstkabinett R. N. Ketterer, Stuttgart (16. Auktion) an Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt, 25.-27. November 1952 (Los-Nr. 1838)
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.

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Last update

19.02.2024