Museum Folkwang
Stilleben mit Holzfigur
  • Emil Nolde
  • Stilleben mit Holzfigur, 1911

  • Still Life with Wooden Figure
  • Oil on canvas
  • 77 x 65 cm
  • Acquired in 1912 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen, confiscated in 1937, re-acquired in 1993 with the support of the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the Stiftung Kunst und Kultur des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung
  • Inv. G 527
  • CommentaryLike many other artists of his generation, including Matisse, Picasso and Kirchner, Emil Nolde was also fascinated by non-European, so-called primitive cultures. In 1910 he began to study intensively the collection of the Berlin museum of anthropology: »The piled-up remains of a disappearing early cultures interests me.« (Emil Nolde) Numerous studies and sketches demonstrate his occupation with foreign masks, figures and fetishes. ›Still Life with Wooden Figure‹, was made using a male statuette as model, probably from Zaire; it is the first painting in a series of similar canvases. Nolde confronts objects from everyday life, simple, seemingly archaic clay pots and an indefinable flower with this African statue fascinating in its strangeness and simple beauty.
    Karl Ernst Osthaus, who began collecting African and Oceanic art very early on and who was the first the exhibit them together with works of European art, acquired this painting just a year after it was finished (1912) and later added to his collection other of the artist’s paintings inspired by African masks. As part of the Osthaus collection, the painting came to the Essen Museum Folkwang in 1922. In 1937, the National Socialists declared it »decadent« and confiscated it.
  • Provenance1912, Künstler
    1912 - 1922, Kauf vom Künstler, Museum Folkwang, Hagen
    1922 - 06.07.1937, Kauf, Museum Folkwang, Essen
    06.07.1937, für Ausstellung "Entartete Kunst" in München, Beschlagnahmung durch das Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda, Berlin
    08.1938 - 22.01.1940, Depot Schloss Schönhausen
    22.01.1940, Bernhard A. Böhmer, Güstrow
    1954, Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Hofheim Taunus
    1954 - 1982, Max Stern, New York
    1982 - 1993, Erbschaft, Liselotte Stern, New York (Witwe von Max Stern)
    1993, Vermittlung, Ewald Rathke Kunsthandel, Frankfurt a. M.
    16.04.1993, Kauf bei Stern über Vermittlung bei Rathke, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,431
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Stilleben mit Holzfigur
  • Obj_Title2_S: Still Life with Wooden Figure
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Stilleben mit Holzfigur Still Life with Wooden Figure Stilleben mit Holzfigur
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1911
  • Jahr von: 1,911
  • Jahr bis: 1,911
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 527
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0527
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 77 x 65 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1912 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen, confiscated in 1937, re-acquired in 1993 with the support of the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the Stiftung Kunst und Kultur des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll
Commentary
Artists
Provenance

Like many other artists of his generation, including Matisse, Picasso and Kirchner, Emil Nolde was also fascinated by non-European, so-called primitive cultures. In 1910 he began to study intensively the collection of the Berlin museum of anthropology: »The piled-up remains of a disappearing early cultures interests me.« (Emil Nolde) Numerous studies and sketches demonstrate his occupation with foreign masks, figures and fetishes. ›Still Life with Wooden Figure‹, was made using a male statuette as model, probably from Zaire; it is the first painting in a series of similar canvases. Nolde confronts objects from everyday life, simple, seemingly archaic clay pots and an indefinable flower with this African statue fascinating in its strangeness and simple beauty.
Karl Ernst Osthaus, who began collecting African and Oceanic art very early on and who was the first the exhibit them together with works of European art, acquired this painting just a year after it was finished (1912) and later added to his collection other of the artist’s paintings inspired by African masks. As part of the Osthaus collection, the painting came to the Essen Museum Folkwang in 1922. In 1937, the National Socialists declared it »decadent« and confiscated it.