The nasturtium is actually growing “into the blue”. The ceramic plate above appears to be a green moon. The plant is growing into something that is no longer a three-dimensional space, just colour. Removed from the real world of objects, the luminous blue gains an independent value. This painting is one of the artist’s important early still lifes, in which the surface of the picture is structured purely with decorative elements. Matisse He was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.
Entrepreneur, art collector and patron Robert von Hirsch (1883–1977) donated this still life to the Städtische Galerie in 1917. In 1937, having been labelled ‘degenerate’, it was confiscated. With the help of the Frankfurter Sparkasse AG (FraSpa) and the Kuratorium Kulturelles Frankfurt (KKF), the painting was repurchased in 1962. The KKF had been founded by citizens of Frankfurt in 1957 to stimulate culture. In 1961 it became a subsidiary of the Polytechnische Gesellschaft (Frankfurt’s oldest civil association, founded in 1816), as the FraSpa had been since 1822.
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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