The still life is watching you! An eye stares at the viewer from the midst of the bouquet. The dark red blossoms glow so intensely against the dark background that the eye is easily overlooked. A resident of Paris, the Dutchman Kees van Dongen captivated his contemporaries with his self-confident demeanour. His parties were as unconventional as his art. The painters of the Brücke artists’ association were likewise delighted by the dandy and his contacts to the Parisian gallery milieu. He was one of the few foreigners to be admitted to the Dresden group.
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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