This drawing is one of the group of Parisian Watercolours Heinz Kreutz carried out in the French capital in the summer of 1960. "Composition" exhibits areas of delicate lilac, pink, blue and green as well as vibrant purple, applied so wet as to make them flow in different directions. The artist also added orange and red accents reminiscent of glowing sparks. Spots of garish green interrupt the white of the paper. After applying the paint, he spread it out with a water-soaked brush in such a way as to re-expose the surface. The transparent colour zones blend with the bright hue of the paper to form a light-flooded colour space.
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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