This is Menzel's last painting, and the subject could hardly be less spectacular. On the edge of an overgrown garden, a small cat with a light patterned coat is balancing on the remains of a wall; a second cat is below it on the ground. Rampant nature has been left to its own devices here - and a tranquil silence envelops the enchanted corner. Menzel was a brilliant observer, for whom even the most insignificant detail could be important and thus become the subject of one of his paintings. For unknown reasons, the artist divided the painting into two soon after its completion; the second half is in the Kunsthalle in Hamburg.
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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