World War II led to a break in Carl Buchheister’s artistic work. Whereas he had previously devoted himself to geometric compositions, from 1949 onwards his works were dominated by unbounded forms and open, gestural expression. To the artist’s mind, both mirrored the idea of freedom. In this drawing, he filled the surface with delicate pencil structures. Fine loops and brief dashes glide across the sheet, encircling the white of the paper. Thin pencil lines and wide strokes of ink anchor these individual formal configurations, giving stability to what would otherwise be an orderless composition.
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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