Museum Folkwang
Vier Akte am Wasser
  • Otto Mueller
  • Vier Akte am Wasser, 1915

  • Four Nudes at the Water
  • Glue-bound distemper on burlap
  • 97 x 80,5 cm
  • Acquired before 1929 for the Museum Folkwang, Essen, confiscated in 1937, reacquired in 1952 with the support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein and the bank Trinkaus & Burkhardt
  • Inv. G 234
  • CommentaryRarely has there been an artist who has adhered to his motif selection and painting style more steadfastly than Otto Mueller. Only over the years starting in 1910, did hee gingerly adapt his style once he had become a member of the Brücke group. Accompanying him on this path were fellow artists as role models, such as Paul Cézanne, whose extensive thematic treatment of bathers or figures positioned against a landscape also matured in Mueller’s work. In classic modernism this was, in fact, cultivated only by Mueller with such intense dedication. He sought to achieve a simplification of the classic principles of order by depicting corporeality rigorously, as seen here in ›Vier Akte am Wasser‹ (Four Nudes at the Water), thus underscoring the various gestures of sitting, squatting, or standing in a landscape, while bathing, or when flirting beneath trees. The artist supported this theoretical approach by reducing the motif to restrained coloring.
  • Provenance1919 spätestens, Kunstmuseum Essen
    1921 - 06.07.1937, Museum Folkwang, Essen
    06.07.1937 - 09.1940, Beschlagnahmung, Deutsches Reich / Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda, Berlin
    08.1938 - 09.1940, Depot Schloß Schönhausen
    09.1940, Bernhard A. Böhmer, Güstrow
    1952, Galerie Hella Nebelung, Düsseldorf
    1952, Rückkauf durch den Folkwang Museumsverein und Bankhaus Trinkaus & Burkhardt, Düsseldorf bei Hella Nebelung, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,414
  • 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: Vier Akte am Wasser
  • Obj_Title2_S: Four Nudes at the Water
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Vier Akte am Wasser Four Nudes at the Water Vier Akte am Wasser
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1915
  • Jahr von: 1,915
  • Jahr bis: 1,915
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 234
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0234
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 97 x 80,5 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Glue-bound distemper on burlap
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Glue-bound distemper on burlap
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired before 1929 for the Museum Folkwang, Essen, confiscated in 1937, reacquired in 1952 with the support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein and the bank Trinkaus & Burkhardt
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  • Obj_Condition1_S (Druckerei):
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
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Provenance

1919 spätestens, Kunstmuseum Essen
1921 - 06.07.1937, Museum Folkwang, Essen
06.07.1937 - 09.1940, Beschlagnahmung, Deutsches Reich / Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda, Berlin
08.1938 - 09.1940, Depot Schloß Schönhausen
09.1940, Bernhard A. Böhmer, Güstrow
1952, Galerie Hella Nebelung, Düsseldorf
1952, Rückkauf durch den Folkwang Museumsverein und Bankhaus Trinkaus & Burkhardt, Düsseldorf bei Hella Nebelung, Museum Folkwang, Essen