A surreal landscape expands against a deep black background. Carefully painted root-like structures take on a life of their own, grow eyes, become faces. Two hands emerge from the nothingness to hold a phallic form. 'Dangerous Wish' indulges in allusions to a sexual desire that are engraved into a bizarre landscape of the subconscious. The precise painting style of this small-format picture makes the vague shapes seem real. Oelze created this work in 1936 in Paris, where he was in close contact with protagonists of the Surrealist movement, including Max Ernst and Tristan Tzara.
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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