View of Frankfurt with the Old Bridge from Sachsenhausen, Gustave Courbet
Gustave Courbet
View of Frankfurt with the Old Bridge from Sachsenhausen
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Gustave Courbet

View of Frankfurt with the Old Bridge from Sachsenhausen, 1858

53.5 x 78.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1140
Acquired in 1953
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 4


About the Work

This painting is one of a group of works executed by Courbet during his stay in Frankfurt in 1858/59, by which time he was already a famous artist. His studio was located in Sachsenhausen in the Deutschordenhaus in Brückenstrasse. From there, one had a view of the Main River and, on the far side, the cathedral. The deserted town looks strangely unreal, almost like a stage backdrop. The only person going about his business is a lone fisherman. The depiction is not a topographically precise rendering of the panorama, but does capture a dreamy mood.


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Work Data

Basic Information

View of Frankfurt with the Old Bridge from Sachsenhausen
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: Gustave Courbet.

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1953

Work Content



Research and Discussion


Object History
Gustave Courbet
Verkauf an Christian Steinmann, Frankfurt am Main
an Wilhelmine Feldmann, Frankfurt am Main
Verst. durch Alexander Haas, Frankfurt am Main, 22. April 1912 (Los-Nr. 26)
... Galerie Wertheim, Berlin, seit mindestens 1930
ausgestellt im Frankfurter Kunstverein, 1932
Kunsthandlung Fritz Nathan, Zürich, seit mindestens 1953
Verkauf an die Stadt Frankfurt für die Städtische Galerie, 1953.


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