The Bar, Wilmersdorf

Ludwig Meidner (German, 1884–1966)
The Bar, Wilmersdorf, 1915

Black ink over graphite on off-white wove paper
19 x 15 ¼ in. (48.3 x 38.7 cm)
Signed in black ink lower right: L. Meidner / Wilmersdorf / 1915.
Inscribed in black ink lower right: Die / Bar


before 1973–1979, Collection of Ernst and Lilly Jacobson, Beverly Hills, California

1979, IU Art Museum purchased from Lilly Jacobson


September 1968, possibly: "Ludwig Meidner: Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Graphik, Bücher," Kunstkabinett Helmut Tenner, Heidelberg

January 4-February 2, 1973, "Prints, Drawings and Watercolors of Ludwig Meidner: The Ernest and Lilly Jacobson Collection," University of Southern California Art Galleries," cat. no. 8 or 9 (illustrated as no. 9, but appears to be no. 8 in the checklist)

October 23-December 3, 1977, "German and Austrian Expressionism, 1900-1920," Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington (cat. no. 69)

September 17, 1989–May 13, 1990, “Three Universities Collect: 20th-Century Works on Paper,” The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, September 17–November 10, 1989; Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, January 23–March 4, 1990; University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, April 1–May 13, 1990 (cat. no. 86)

September 15–December 1, 1991, “Ludwig Meidner: Zeichner, Maler, Literat, 1884-1966,” Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany, cat. p. 121 (illus.), p. 510 (checklist)

October 6-December 23, 2012, "Pioneers and Exiles: German Expressionism at the Indiana University Art Museum," Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington (cat. no. 27)

Alternate Titles

Die Bar

Café Scene


Provenance research on this work is ongoing, and this record will be updated as more information becomes available.