Untitled, Eugen Schönebeck
Eugen Schönebeck
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Eugen Schönebeck

Untitled, 1963

457 x 304 mm
Physical Description
Pen and black ink over pencil on wove paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
17089 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In fine pen lines the artist drew a naked figure with an oversized bald head. The gaunt body exhibits a bulging belly and a genital hanging between its legs. The left side of the face appears to be injured and streaked with scars and growths. The raised hand performing a gesture vaguely resembling a blessing reminded Schönebeck of a monk or beadle. Inspired by that association, he added a filigree chain with a cross pendant around the deformed creature’s scraggy neck.


  • Kunst nach 1945: Eugen Schönebeck
    Im Rahmen der Reihe "Kunst nach 1945" stellt Eugen Schönebeck (geboren 1936 in Heidenau bei Dresden) im Gespräch mit Martin Engler, Leiter des Sammlungsbereichs Gegenwartskunst im Städel Museum, seine Werke vor, die im Städel Museum zu sehen sind. Wie war es, als Künstler im Berlin der 60er Jahre zu wirken? Warum wählte Schönebeck gerade die politischen Themen für seine Bilder, die seine Werke aus den 60er Jahren zeigen? Diesen und weiteren Fragen spürt der Film nach. http://www.staedelmuseum.de/de#youtube

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pen and black ink over pencil on wove paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert und datiert unten rechts (mit Feder in schwarzer Tusche): E S 63
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet unten links (mit Bleistift): M1585 / 101
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif


  • 31A14 human figure of ideal proportions, e.g. academic nude
  • 31A5339 baldness

Research and Discussion


Object History
Eugen Schönebeck
Schenkung an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2011.


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