Vaudeville Theater (English Dancing Couple), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Vaudeville Theater (English Dancing Couple)
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Vaudeville Theater (English Dancing Couple), ca. 1909 (1926)


Dimensions
151.0 x 120.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2151
Acquisition
Acquired in 1984 as a gift from the Carl Hagemann heirs
Status
On display

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About the Work

In scenes from the demimonde of the music halls, Kirchner shows dancers time and again – solo, couples or in a group. Eroticism and movement play a key role in these representations. Here, the dancer is spinning his partner around so fast that her skirt lifts to reveal her flouncy underwear – and he is not the only one to gaze at her voluptuous cleavage. Kirchner painted this work in Dresden. When he reworked it in the 1920s, he also backdated the canvas to 1907.

About the Donation

The important collection of Expressionist art owned by the chemist Carl Hagemann (1867-1940) was formed from the beginning of the twentieth century in close exchange with the artists - even during the period when they were being vilified by the National Socialists. After Hagemann's death in 1940, his collection was secretly removed into storage to escape the war, together with the Städel's own collection. In gratitude for this hazardous but successful effort, Hagemann's heirs presented 935 works on paper to the Städel during the 1940s. Further generous donations were made over the course of several decades.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Vaudeville Theater (English Dancing Couple)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts: E. L. Kirchner 07
Signiert verso: E L Kirchner Variété 1907

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1984 as a gift from the Carl Hagemann heirs

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 48C865 vaudeville, variety-show
  • 43C92 one pair dancing; man and woman dancing as a couple
  • 31A25432 leading someone by the hand or wrist
  • 41D242 party clothes, festive attire
Secondary

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Carl Hagemann (1906-1940), Frankfurt, 1933
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, 1940
Depositum im Städel Museum, Frankfurt, 1941
Schenkung an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1984.

Information

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03.09.2019