As he developed a need for freer movement while drawing or painting, Fred Thieler came to regard the technique of his Scraper Paintings – of which "RS 6/57" of 1957 (Städel Museum, Inv. Nr. 17121) is an example – as limiting. Around 1959/60, he accordingly began to use more fluid painting and drawing mediums, as in this untitled work. He poured the paint onto the paper, allowed it to blend and even actively facilitated the fusion with a brush or small stick. On the one hand, this process took its course uncontrolled by the artist; at the same time, he intervened in the composition by adding new paint here and there as he saw fit. His artistic approach thus combined chance and deliberation.
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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