Two Figures, Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Two Figures
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay

Two Figures, 1948


Blatt
225 x 287 mm
Physical Description
Gouache over pencil, framing line in graphite, on rough wove paper
Inventory Number
SG 2950
Object Number
SG 2950 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 1950 from the artist
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

Ernst Wilhelm Nay’s so-called "Hekate Period" began immediately after the war and continued until 1948, the year in which he executed the coloured gouache Two Figures. In the upper left-hand corner, we clearly discern an angular head seen in profile. The body attached to it consists of triangles, large ovals and small dots lined up to form a chain. The second figure is likewise assembled from two-dimensional geometric forms, but its shape is, for the most part, difficult to make out. This drawing is thus a telling example of Nay’s increasing tendency to allow the figures in his compositions to dissolve into abstract systems of flat zones.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Two Figures
Draughtsman
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Gouache over pencil, framing line in graphite, on rough wove paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts (mit der Feder in blauer Tinte über Bleistift): NAy 48
Captions Added Later
Verso unten links Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c)
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Claesges 2012.I.487.48-277

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Acquisition
Acquired in 1950 from the artist

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Ernst Wilhelm Nay
erworben von der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1950.

Information

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Last update

15.02.2021