Untitled, Adolf Hölzel
Adolf Hölzel
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Adolf Hölzel

Untitled, 1925 – 1930

122 x 141 mm
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Pastel chalk over graphite on wove paper
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17893 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

A large circle dominates the composition. It is a geometric form that turns up frequently in Hölzel’s pastels as well as his glass window designs. Overlapped and penetrated by other geometric shapes, it surrounds a figural group—possibly a depiction of the Holy Family on the Flight into Egypt—in an almost protective manner. Hölzel was fond of the luminosity and velvety, powdery texture of pastel chalks, which played a major role in his oeuvre from 1920 onwards.

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.

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