Depictions of horse racing constitute the focal point of Degas’ work. Around 1860, the artist discovered this facet of modern leisure pursuit and explored it in various techniques until 1900. Sculpting horses helped Degas learn the correct reproduction of their complicated movements. At first, he modelled them in static poses. From the 1870s onwards, he also experimented with more dynamic postures and tried to reproduce certain gaits. A series of horse photographs from 1878 onwards was an important stimulus for him as they made the animals’ movements comprehensible for the first time.
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.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the museum at .