In both of Ernst Wilhelm Nay’s "Lofoten Pictures", the sky is wide open and the clouds look as if they are being hurtled along by the wind. The artist represented the natural elements as well as the figures in vibrant colour forms that join organically, sometimes even blending into one another. By these means, Nay sought to lend expression to the forces of nature and man. To convey the Lofoten Island inhabitants’ deep ties to nature, he employed the classical wet-on-wet technique that makes the watercolours fluid.
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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