Female Bust Artist: Angelika Hoerle (German, 1899–1923)


Prints and Drawings

In the 1920s, German artist Angelika Hoerle exhibited at the Nierendorf Gallery in Cologne, where Katherine Dreier purchased this drawing, along with several other works, during a visit to Germany in 1922. Hoerle was known for her participation in the Cologne Dada exhibition at the Cologne Kunstverein in 1919, as well as her involvement with the Dada review Stupid 1 with Franz Seiwert and her husband, the artist Heinrich Hoerle, among others. The mannequin-like figure in this drawing suggests the influence of Max Ernst, who also participated in the Cologne Dada movement, though the elegant use of line and striking juxtaposition of black and white areas convey Hoerle’s unique visual language, shaped in part by her earlier career as a textile designer. Hoerle’s involvement in Cologne Dada was sadly cut short by her early death from tuberculosis in 1923.


Pen and ink, watercolor and graphite


13 3/8 × 11 3/16 in. (34 × 28.4 cm) not walled

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Gift of Collection Société Anonyme

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Modern, 20th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.

  • Angelika Littlefield, Dorothy Rowe, and Sabine T. Kriebel, Angelika Hoerle: The Comet of Cologne Dada, ed. Catherine de Zegher, exh. cat. (Cologne: Walther Konig, 2009), 65, no. 9, pp. 66, 71, fig. 33
  • Ruth L. Bohan et al., The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, ed. Jennifer Gross, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 175, 194, ill
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Women artists


signed in pencil l.r.: angelika hoerle 20


Hoerle, Angelika 1899-1923

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