Nay spent the summer of 1964 on the Greek island of Mykonos, where he painted a number of watercolours. Landscapes had already inspired his forms and colour schemes back in the 1930s, for example on his trips to Vietzkerstrand (Städel Museum, Inv. No. 16105) and the Lofoten Islands (Städel Museum, Inv. No. SG 3284, SG 3285). In the abstract work on view here, the shades of ochre and blue reflect the impressions of sea and sand. "My 13" is one of the so-called "Eye Pictures" the artist executed in 1963 and 1964. The name of the workgroup derives from the discs and circles he combined with tapering spindle shapes in such a way that the round forms are reminiscent of eyes.
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:
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