Museum Folkwang
Studienkopf eines bärtigen Arbeiters mit Schirmmütze
  • Adolph Menzel
  • Studienkopf eines bärtigen Arbeiters mit Schirmmütze, 1855

  • Study of the Head of a Bearded Worker with Pointed Hat
  • Oil on paper, laminated on wood
  • 35 x 27 cm
  • Acquired in 2000 with support of the Krupp-Jubiläums-Stiftung
  • Inv. G 550
  • CommentaryAdolph Menzel – the artist was ennobled in 1898 – was a careful observer of the social and technical changes of his age. Without reservations, he made nearly the entire range of aspects of 19th century life subjects of his work, courtly balls and horse-drawn coaches as well as public gatherings and steam engines.
    Often Menzel made first sketches of objects, people and scenes he noticed either immediately or just after, which he then developed later in his studio, using them as the basis for his paintings; of the sketchbooks used for this purpose, nearly seventy survive today.
    Menzel was able to translate an impression of directness and spontaneity which pencil and paper provide into his painting. The profile of the man's head shown in close-up leans almost imperceptibly into the image, giving viewers the perspective of an unnoticed observer. A diffuse background and the dark color of the clothing lend the light flesh-tones of the face and the gray-white hair a physical presence in which this man’s inner sensitivity appears detached from the portrait-like similarity.
  • Provenance1905, Kunsthandel G. Zaeslein, Berlin
    Galerie Karl Nicolai, Berlin
    Auktion Hugo Helbing, München 1928, Nr. 135, Abb. 7
    1955, Arthur Henneke, Fabrikant Düsseldorf
    1991, Privatbesitz Düsseldorf
    Dr. Benno Griebert, Rom
    2000
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  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Studienkopf eines bärtigen Arbeiters mit Schirmmütze
  • Obj_Title2_S: Study of the Head of a Bearded Worker with Pointed Hat
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  • Obj_Dating_S: 1855
  • Jahr von: 1,855
  • Jahr bis: 1,855
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 550
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0550
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 35 x 27 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on paper, laminated on wood
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on paper, laminated on wood
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 2000 with support of the Krupp-Jubiläums-Stiftung
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
Commentary
Artists
Provenance

1905, Kunsthandel G. Zaeslein, Berlin
Galerie Karl Nicolai, Berlin
Auktion Hugo Helbing, München 1928, Nr. 135, Abb. 7
1955, Arthur Henneke, Fabrikant Düsseldorf
1991, Privatbesitz Düsseldorf
Dr. Benno Griebert, Rom
2000