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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2018.125
People
Louise Rösler, German (Berlin, Germany 1907 - 1993 Hamburg, Germany)
Title
Frankfurt Main Station
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Frankfurt Hbf.
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1943
Places
Creation Place: Europe, Germany
Culture
German
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Collage on cardboard
Dimensions
12 × 16.5 cm (4 3/4 × 6 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r., in graphite: Louise Rösler
  • (not assigned): l.l., in graphite: Frankfurt 1943
Provenance
Louise Rösler, created 1943; by descent; to Anka Kröhnke, gift; to the Busch-Reisinger Museum, 2018.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Anka Kröhnke
Accession Year
2018
Object Number
2018.125
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions

Label Text: Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55 , written 2018
Rösler painted this depiction of the main train station in Frankfurt as a letterhead for correspondence with her husband, Walter Kröhnke, who was stationed in Norway and later the eastern front. Such letter adornments were Rösler’s only artistic output between 1939 and
1945. Bright and colorful, the collage belies the bleak conditions of her life during the war. In November 1943, an aerial attack demolished her Berlin studio, a refuge for artists unable to exhibit under Nazi rule, and destroyed a great number of her works. Like many women and children, Rösler and her daughter were evacuated to a small town near Frankfurt. Missing city life, Rösler often depicted urban scenes, finding inspiration in her rare visits to Frankfurt or calling on her own memories. Bold signage, bustling trams, flowering trees, and glitter particles enliven this optimistic scene of the warmly illuminated train station at night. This and other letterheads were preserved because Kröhnke mailed them back to his wife, fearing that they would be destroyed at the front; he was eventually registered as a missing person.

Publication History

Dr. Katrin Arrieta and Kornelia von Berswordt-Wallrabe, Louise Rösler zum 100. Geburtstag, Museum Atelierhaus Rösler-Kröhnke (Kühlungsborn, Germany, 2007), p. 38, ill. (color)

Lynette Roth and Ilka Voermann, Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2018), pp. 126-127, cat. no. 3.1, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/09/2018 - 06/03/2018

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