Ottilie W. Roederstein’s younger sister Helene repeatedly sat for the painter, especially in the early parts of her career. This painting was created as a classic half-length portrait. However, the canvas was subsequently reduced in size so that the signature and date in the upper right corner are barely visible. The portrait is an outstanding example of Roederstein’s talent. Through the background’s simplicity and the dress’s looser depiction, the artist draws attention to the model’s detailed face as well as its gentle, dreamy expression. Roederstein limited the colouring to a few tones. Light green in all its nuances dominates the composition, while, for example, the white lace collar acts as an accentuation. By superimposing glazing and opaque layers of colour, she virtuously imitates the fabric’s transparency. The violet and pink blossoms that adorn the collar are only hinted at by Roederstein in a few sketchy brushstrokes. Stylistically, the painting belongs to Roederstein’s early work. In addition to French salon painting, the influence of her Parisian teachers Jean-Jacques Henner and Carolus Duran is particularly noticeable.
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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