In 1912/13, Wilhelm Morgner created 26 oil paintings and numerous works on paper, which he called Astral Compositions. These works are evidence of his rapid transition from figurative-ornamental depictions to the reproduction of internal processes, in which he gave greater autonomy to the primary colours. Morgner carried out this process based on his central theme of the working man in the field. He increasingly blended the figures with the surrounding space in order to visualise the metaphysical “unification” of man and nature. Astral Composition VI shows an advanced stage of development in this process, even though a shadowy silhouette can still be identified in the middle ground. Morgner only created non-representational works until 1913, as he did not want to detach himself completely from nature in the long run. Astral Composition VI illustrates the state of suspension between figuration and abstraction, to which a special position in German Expressionism must be conceded.
Since 2001, the Städel Museum has systematically been researching the provenance of all objects that were acquired during the National Socialist period, or that changed owners or could have changed owners during those years. The basis for this research is the “Washington Declaration”, also known as the “Washington Conference Principles”, formulated at the 1998 “Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets” and the subsequent “Joint Declaration”.
The provenance information is based on the sources researched at the time they were published digitally. However, this information can change at any time when new sources are discovered. Provenance research is therefore a continuous process and one that is updated at regular intervals.
Ideally, the provenance information documents an object’s origins from the time it was created until the date when it found its way into the collection. It contains the following details, provided they are known:
The successive ownership records are separated from each other by a semicolon.
Gaps in the record of a provenance are indicated by the placeholder “…”. Unsupported information is listed in square brackets.
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