Ludwig Fahrenkrog

Crucifixion Study

black chalk with white heightening, 



Ludwig Fahrenkrog (Rendsburg 1867-1952 Biberach an der Riß)

Study of Christ on the Cross 


black chalk with white heightening on greenish-grey wove paper

56,4 x 44,8 cm

inscribed lower left (... "Kreuzigung"), signed ("Fahrenkrog"), and dated ("91")

condition: Several losses in the paper at the edges, which have been professionally relined; isolated handling creases.

This drawing was probably a study for Fahrenkrog's oil painting "Kreuzigung Christi" ["Crucifixion of Christ"] of 1893, for which he was awarded the Großer Staatspreis (Rompreis der Akademie) [Grand State Prize (Rome Prize of the Academy)].  Apparently, the city of Mülheim an der Ruhr acquired the painting; circa 1900, it was on loan by the artist to the city's Stammhauskirche [main church].

For a very similar composition in 1903, see the drawing "Es ist Vollbracht" ["It is finished"] published in: Claus Wolfschlag, Ludwig Fahrenkrog, Das goldene Tor: Ein deutscher Maler zwischen Jugendstil und Germanenglaube (Dresden: Verlag Zeitenwende, 2006), pg. 32.


Jack Daulton
The Daulton Collection
Los Altos Hills, California