Two Girls, August Macke
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August Macke

Two Girls, 1913

130.0 x 100.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1949 with means provided by the Carl Schaub-Stiftung and the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Not on display


About the Work

Two girls in the evening hustle and bustle of a big city. Everything is in motion. Persons and objects dissolve into crystalline geometric forms. Figures appear double, coloured lines cut through the scene, cones of light glare between the buildings. Macke was impressed by the way the Italian Futurists had glorified speed and technology in their paintings. Yet he did not reduce his composition entirely to abstract forms. The girls contemplate the goings-on but do not merge with their surroundings.

About the Acquisition

The independent gentleman Carl Schaub (1851–1905), who lived in the Westend in Frankfurt, left his wealth of about one million marks to a foundation in 1905. The interest was to be used for the acquisition of art objects for the Städel. This was the largest amount of money left for art in Frankfurt since Johann Friedrich Städel’s bequest. Till today, predominantly graphic art works are being acquired with funds from the Carl Schaub Foundation.

Work Data

Basic Information

Two Girls
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1949 with means provided by the Carl Schaub-Stiftung and the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Associated Source
  • Gebrüder Grimm: Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot


  • 31D13(+72) adolescent, young woman, maiden (+ two persons)
  • 31AA231 standing figure - AA - female human figure
  • 33A53 arm in arm (friends)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Galerie Rudolf Probst, Mannheim
verkauft an Carl Hagemann (1906-1940), Frankfurt, 1937
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, 1940
Depositum im Städel Museum, Frankfurt, 1941
verkauft an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, Juni 1949.


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