View of Hilterfingen, August Macke
August Macke
View of Hilterfingen
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August Macke

View of Hilterfingen, 1914

255 x 286 mm
Physical Description
Watercolour over pencil on smooth wove cardboard
Inventory Number
SG 2941
Object Number
SG 2941 Z
Acquired in 1950
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In October 1913, Macke withdrew to Hilterfingen, a small town on Lake Thun in Switzerland. Here he depicted the surrounding countryside in a strongly abstracted composition. Rather than representing the meadows in various shades of green, the artist juxtaposed complementary colours such as yellow and purple, orange and blue in rhythmic alternations. He translated the rolling fields and the gabled roofs of the village houses into triangles, rhombi and rectangles spreading across the surface like a mosaic. By choosing the same formal language for nature and architecture alike, he brought them together to form a whole.)

Work Data

Basic Information

View of Hilterfingen
Production Place
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Watercolour over pencil on smooth wove cardboard
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Verso bezeichnet oben rechts (mit Kreide (?)): Hilterfingen am Thuner / [unleserlich]verk [evtl.: unverk]
Captions Added Later
[Ehemals verso bezeichnet auf dem Montierungsbogen: August Macke: Aquarell aus der Schweiz 1914 – Hilterfingen]
[Ehemals verso auf dem Montierungsbogen Nachlassstempel August Macke, Bonn (Lugt 1775b), mit zugehöriger Nummer 107]
Verso unten links Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Heiderich 1997.332.458

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1950

Work Content


  • 25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone)
  • 61E(HILTERFINGEN) names of cities and villages (HILTERFINGEN)
  • 61D(THUNERSEE) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (THUNERSEE) (THUNERSEE)
  • 25H214 lake

Research and Discussion


Object History
Nachlass August Macke, 1914
Verst. Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett Roman Norbert Ketterer an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1950.


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