Museum Folkwang
Osterspaziergang
  • Carl Gustav Carus
  • Osterspaziergang, 1821

  • Easter Stroll
  • Oil on canvas
  • 49 x 40 cm
  • Acquired 1939 with the support of the City of Essen and the NSDAP Gauleitung of the City of Essen, restored 1950 to the Hirschland family and left to the Museum Folkwang as the legacy of Dr Georg Hirschland.
  • Inv. G 24
  • CommentaryIn Scene Two of Goethe’s eponymous tragedy, the physician, philosopher, lawyer, and theologian Faust opines to Wagner, his companion: »Two souls, alas, dwell in my breast: one struggles to separate itself from the other.« Carl Gustav Carus shows Faust and Wagner returning home after an ›Osterspaziergang‹ (Easter Stroll) together with the black poodle that will later turn out to be Mephistopheles. Carus has his two protagonists pose outside the gates of a city, its Gothic skyline atmospherically swathed in mist. The German national costume they are wearing reflects a fashion that was on the rise in Germany around 1815, and that, as a badge of anti-French patriotism during the ›Wars of Liberation‹, was donned by people of all classes, men and women alike. It was also worn by democratically and nationalistically-minded progressives such as students and seminarians—at least until being banned by royal decree in 1820. Like both Goethe and Faust, Carus was an erudite man. As a physician and scientist, painter and writer, however, he was well able to reconcile the two souls dwelling within his chest, for as long as one was preoccupied with detail, the other was free to aspire to higher things.
  • Provenance1821, Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe
    Königin Karoline von Bayern
    09.11.1938, Dr. Georg Hirschland, Essen
    09.11.1938, Beschlagnahmung durch die NSDAP, Essen
    09.11.1938 - 04.1939, Depositum Museum Folkwang
    01.04.1939 - 1950, Kauf mit Auswanderungsguthaben (Stadt Essen und NSDAP Gauleitung der Stadt Essen), Museum Folkwang
    1950, Restitution, Stadtarchiv, Bestand Museum Folkwang, D 21, S. 97, 99
    1950, Vermächtnis Dr. Georg Hirschland, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 2,988
  • Obj_Internet_S: Highlight
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Osterspaziergang
  • Obj_Title2_S: Easter Stroll
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Osterspaziergang Easter Stroll Osterspaziergang
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1821
  • Jahr von: 1,821
  • Jahr bis: 1,821
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 24
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0024
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 49 x 40 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
  • Obj_Technique_S:
  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired 1939 with the support of the City of Essen and the NSDAP Gauleitung of the City of Essen, restored 1950 to the Hirschland family and left to the Museum Folkwang as the legacy of Dr Georg Hirschland.
  • Obj_PermanentLocation_S (Standort): Internal Exhibition: E 001, Altbau, Sammlung 19. und 20. Jahrhundert
  • Obj_Condition1_S (Druckerei):
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
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1821, Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe
Königin Karoline von Bayern
09.11.1938, Dr. Georg Hirschland, Essen
09.11.1938, Beschlagnahmung durch die NSDAP, Essen
09.11.1938 - 04.1939, Depositum Museum Folkwang
01.04.1939 - 1950, Kauf mit Auswanderungsguthaben (Stadt Essen und NSDAP Gauleitung der Stadt Essen), Museum Folkwang
1950, Restitution, Stadtarchiv, Bestand Museum Folkwang, D 21, S. 97, 99
1950, Vermächtnis Dr. Georg Hirschland, Museum Folkwang, Essen