As though in the wake of a storm, the sky is dramatically lit and streaked with shreds of clouds. Beneath it lies a landscape interspersed with hedges leading up to a tree-topped hill. Heckel intensified the painting’s dynamic effect with sweeping brushstrokes. For him, landscapes were a mirror to the world. The painter belonged to the Brücke group of Expressionist artists until its dissolution in 1913. He spent the summer months of that year on the Flensburg Fjord, where this work was executed.
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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