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, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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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 Acquisition

From 1900 onwards, the Frankfurt chemist and industrialist Carl Hagemann (1867‒1940) assembled one of the most important private collections of modern art. It included numerous paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints, especially by members of the artist group “Die Brücke”. After Carl Hagemann died in an accident during the Second World War, the then Städel director Ernst Holzinger arranged for Hagemann’s heirs to evacuate his collection with the museum’s collection. In gratitude, the family donated almost all of the works on paper to the Städel Museum in 1948. Further donations and permanent loans as well as purchases of paintings and watercolours from the Hagemann estate helped to compensate for the losses the museum had suffered in 1937 as part of the Nazi’s “Degenerate Art” campaign. Today, the Hagemann Collection forms the core of the Städel museum’s Expressionist collection.

Audio & Video

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  • ASK AN ARTWORK – Fragen an die Kunst: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
    Der Rausch des Nachtlebens gebannt auf Leinwand - Ernst Ludwig Kirchners Gemälde "Varieté" (ca. 1909 (1926)) nimmt uns mit. Doch wohin eigentlich genau? ASK AN ARTWORK! In der Serie ASK AN ARTWORK beantwortet die Kunsthistorikerin Anna Huber (Mitarbeiterin der Abteilung Bildung und Vermittlung) aus dem Home Office Fragen, die wir an die Kunst haben. Denn während der Coronakrise kommt das Städel zu euch: #StaydelAtHome #HomeOffice Ernst Ludwig Kirchner "Varieté (Englisches Tanzpaar)", ca. 1909 (1926), in der Digitalen Sammlung: https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/variete-englisches-tanzpaar The rush of night life captured on canvas - Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's painting "Vaudeville Theater" (ca 1909 (1926)) takes us to a vague place. ASK AN ARTWORK In the series ASK AN ARTWORK art historian Anna Huber (Educational Department of the Städel Museum) answers the questions that we have for art – from home office. Because during the Corona-Crisis, if you can’t come to the Städel Museum, then the Städel Museum will come to you: #StaydelAtHome Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Vaudeville Theater (English Dancing Couple), ca. 1909 (1926), in our Digital Collection: https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/en/work/vaudeville-theater-english-dancing-couple

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
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, 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 (1867-1940), 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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Last update

06.09.2021