Western Harbour in Frankfurt am Main, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Western Harbour in Frankfurt am Main
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Western Harbour in Frankfurt am Main, 1916

84.0 x 95.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1122
Acquired in 1950 from Maria Helsig, née Hagemann
Not on display


About the Work

Labour at the docks was a dirty business – smoke and soot everywhere. In ‘Western Harbour in Frankfurt’, little is to be seen of toil and bustle. On the contrary, the ships moor peacefully at the pier. Two stevedores have turned their backs on the compound and are strolling in the viewer’s direction. They are far too large for their surroundings. Kirchner has depicted the harbour itself with dynamically receding lines in delicate shades of pink. The yellowish green hue of the water and sky adds an unreal atmosphere to the scene.


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Work Data

Basic Information

Western Harbour in Frankfurt am Main
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert verso: E L Kirchner
Work Catalogues
  • Gordon 472

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1950 from Maria Helsig, née Hagemann

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Research and Discussion


Object History
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Carl Hagemann (1906-1940), Essen/Frankfurt, 1916
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, 1940
Depositum im Städel Museum, Frankfurt, 1941
verkauft an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1950.


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