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 – 1910 (1926)

151 x 120 cm
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Oil on canvas
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Acquired in 1984 as a gift from the Carl Hagemann heirs
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 11


About the Work

An elegantly dressed dancer whirls his partner around in a circle with such verve that her skirt becomes plate-like. The dynamic movements of dance fascinated Kirchner throughout his entire life and their reproduction in painting shaped his idea of a fast and immediate art which should capture the scenery as spontaneously as possible. Later, the artist solidified parts of the depiction in order to calm his paintings’ overall effect. This is especially evident in the male dancer’s face. The contrast of complementary colours, which also defines the picture, was preserved and contributes significantly to the liveliness of the depiction.

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.

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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: 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:

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