An idyllic breakfast: the blissful-looking family of the Nabis artist is seated around a table by the window which affords a view across a bay. The figures are shown close to the viewer and form a compact unit. Thanks to their stylistic homogeneity, the patterns on the fabric of the clothing and the tablecloth fuse to form a decorative surface, whereby the identical patterns on the dresses of the mother and the younger daughter blend into each other. This work reflects Denis's view that a painting is primarily a surface covered with paint in a certain arrangement rather than the rendering of a subject.
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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