Two Women by a Sink; The Sisters, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Two Women by a Sink; The Sisters
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Two Women by a Sink; The Sisters, 1913


Dimensions
121.0 x 90.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2066
Acquisition
Acquired in 1959 from Werner Hagemann, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display

Texts

About the Work

These fashionable and elaborately made-up ladies exude a metropolitan flair. Kirchner met the sisters Erna and Gerda Schilling in Berlin in 1912. The affectation and chic clothes of the women can also be seen in the cocottes of Kirchner’s street scenes. It is likely that the sisters likewise prostituted themselves occasionally. The overt display of handwashing can be read as a cleansing after a sexual act. That this affected gesture looks as though “they are washing their hands of the matter” lends the scene a certain spiciness.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Two Women by a Sink; The Sisters
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert links unter der rechten Hand der Dame in Rosa: E. L. Kirchner

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1959 from Werner Hagemann, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 61BB2(SCHILLING, Erna)12(+54) historical person (SCHILLING, Erna) - BB - woman - historical person (SCHILLING, Erna) in a double-portrait (+ three-quarter length portrait)
  • 61BB2(SCHILLING, Gerda)12(+55) historical person (SCHILLING, Gerda) - BB - woman - historical person (SCHILLING, Gerda) in a double-portrait (+ full length portrait)
  • 31AA235(+3) sitting figure - AA - female human figure (+ sideview, profile)
  • 42G2222 sisters (second degree family relationships)
  • 41A2415 jug and basin; wash-basin
Secondary

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
...
Eduard Simon-Wolfskehl, Frankfurt
Kunsthandlung Marcel Goldschmidt, Frankfurt
verkauft an Carl Hagemann (1906-1940), Frankfurt, 1930
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, 1940
Depositum im Städel Museum, Frankfurt, 1941
verkauft an den Städelschen Museums-Verein, Frankfurt am Main, 1959.

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04.01.2019