Three Girls and a Dog on a Fjord, Rolf Nesch
Rolf Nesch
Three Girls and a Dog on a Fjord
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Rolf Nesch

Three Girls and a Dog on a Fjord, 1936


Blatt
500 x 650 mm
Physical Description
Wax crayon on firm wove paper
Inventory Number
SG 3179
Object Number
SG 3179 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 1959
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

Texts

About the Work

In 1963, Rolf Nesch made a trip to the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway. There he ‘processed’ his impressions of the landscape, the fishing villages and their inhabitants in vibrant wax crayon drawings. The work Three Girls and a Dog on a Fjord is characterized by an expressive style, striking lines and radiant, bold shades of colour. These attributes testify to Nesch’s familiarity with Expressionists such as the artists of the Brücke association. Yet they also reflect the overpowering natural spectacles he experienced on the Lofoten. Recounting his stay there, he wrote: “[…] there is indescribable magic and colour in the air, such that I was speechless” [1].

[1] Rolf Nesch to Reinhard and Leni des Arts, 3rd May 1936, cited in: Meike Bruhns (Ed.): Rolf Nesch. Zeugnisse eines ungewöhnlichen Künstlerlebens in turbulenter Zeit, Gifkendorf 1993, p. 242.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Three Girls and a Dog on a Fjord
Draughtsman
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Wax crayon on firm wove paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert, datiert und bezeichnet unten rechts (mit Bleistift): Rolf Nesch. / Für Herrn Hudtwalcker / 1936.
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Acquisition
Acquired in 1959

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31AA14 human figure of ideal proportions, e.g. academic nude - AA - female human figure
  • 34B11 dog
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Rolf Nesch
Schenkung an Heinrich Hudtwalcker (1879–1952), Hamburg, 1936
Nachlass Heinrich Hudtwalcker, 1952
erworben von der Städtische Galerien, Frankfurt am Main, 1959.

Information

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Last update

10.06.2022