Museum Folkwang
Kaffeetisch
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
  • Kaffeetisch, 1923/24

  • Coffee Table
  • Oil on canvas
  • 119 x 120 cm
  • Acquired in 1948 with the support of the City of Essen
  • Inv. G 94
  • Commentary›Kaffeetisch‹ (Coffee Table) is a typical interior for Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and, according to the artist, »is especially interesting in terms of color.« The actual identity of the guests portrayed in ›Kaffeetisch‹ remains unclear. We only know that a woman with her two children were visiting the artist and his wife Erna Schilling in the Wildbodenhaus near Davos, where they had moved at the end of 1923 from a house in Lerchen. Kirchner is rendered sitting with his back to the beholder, engaged in intense conversation with his wife to the right and the guest positioned opposite. If the hand gestures are any indication, the girl is also participating in the conversation. While in Davos, Kirchner occasionally crafted, as part of his artist’s existence, furniture and free-form sculptural pieces, in addition to his works created through painting, drawing, and graphic means. The chair on which Kirchner is sitting is one such piece, but also the carved frame of the right bench, showing a figural relief of a mother with two children.
  • Provenance1927, Künstler
    1927, Kunsthandlung Schames, Frankfurt
    1927 - 1941, Kauf bei Schames, Dr. Carl Hagemann, Frankfurt
    1941 - 1949, Dr. Fritz Hagemann, Gütersloh
    1949, Kauf bei, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,350
  • Obj_Internet_S: Highlight
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Kaffeetisch
  • Obj_Title2_S: Coffee Table
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Kaffeetisch Coffee Table Kaffeetisch
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1923/24
  • Jahr von: 1,923
  • Jahr bis: 1,924
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 94
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0094
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 119 x 120 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
  • Obj_Technique_S:
  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1948 with the support of the City of Essen
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
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›Kaffeetisch‹ (Coffee Table) is a typical interior for Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and, according to the artist, »is especially interesting in terms of color.« The actual identity of the guests portrayed in ›Kaffeetisch‹ remains unclear. We only know that a woman with her two children were visiting the artist and his wife Erna Schilling in the Wildbodenhaus near Davos, where they had moved at the end of 1923 from a house in Lerchen. Kirchner is rendered sitting with his back to the beholder, engaged in intense conversation with his wife to the right and the guest positioned opposite. If the hand gestures are any indication, the girl is also participating in the conversation. While in Davos, Kirchner occasionally crafted, as part of his artist’s existence, furniture and free-form sculptural pieces, in addition to his works created through painting, drawing, and graphic means. The chair on which Kirchner is sitting is one such piece, but also the carved frame of the right bench, showing a figural relief of a mother with two children.