In the Café d'Harcourt in Paris, Henri Evenepoel
Henri Evenepoel
In the Café d'Harcourt in Paris
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Henri Evenepoel

In the Café d'Harcourt in Paris, 1897


Dimensions
114.0 x 148.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1811
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926 as a gift from Walther Ratenau’s mother in Memory of her son
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Once located on the Parisian Place de la Sorbonne, the Café d’Harcourt was closed down in 1940. Parisian bohemians and ladies of easy virtue pass the time smoking and drinking. A young woman in a red dress buoyantly makes her way through their midst. Her conspicuous outfit belies the shy gaze with which she searchingly surveys the room. Yet nobody takes notice of her. In fact, there is no communication at all between the guests. Here, Evenepoel describes turn-of-the-century Paris as a jaded and decadent society.

About the Acquisition

At the request of Mathilde Rathenau (1845-1926), a native of Frankfurt, a number of paintings were presented to the Städel in 1926 in memory of her son Walther Rathenau (1867-1922). Walther Rathenau, an industrialist and one of the co-founders of the German Democratic Party, was appointed foreign minister in January 1922. In June of that year he was assassinated in Berlin by the Organisation Consul, whose aim was to fight the Weimar Constitution.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
In the Café d'Harcourt in Paris
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts (in Rot): h. evenepoel 1897

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926 as a gift from Walther Ratenau’s mother in Memory of her son

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Provenance

Object History
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Walther Rathenau (1867-1922), Berlin
Nachlass Walther Rathenau, Berlin, 1922
Vermächtnis Mathilde Rathenau-Nachmann (1845-1926), Berlin zum Andenken an ihren Sohn Walther Rathenau (1867-1922) an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1926.

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Last update

12.01.2021