This watercolour still exhibits hints of the geometric forms that dominated the composition of Karl Otto Götz’s Red Pennant (Städel Museum, Inv. No. 17108). Now, however, the artist no longer joined the individual elements to form fantastical figures, but broke through their clear boundaries. In the process, he used a technique he had discovered by chance in the summer of 1952: he applied the paint to the paper and then lacerated it with a knife or squeegee. He thus managed “to make the self-contained formal elements dissolve and, so to speak, explode” .  K. O. Götz. Erinnerungen und Werk, Volume Ia, Düsseldorf 1983, p. 515.
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.
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