The artist's wife is facing sideways towards the viewer and is looking at him in half-profile. Scholderer has paid great attention to detail in depicting her ample dress with its frills, her half-open hair and the rug on the back of the chair. In spite of the clayey colouring, the portrayal of the model contrasts with the two-dimensional background, which the artist has applied with a spatula. The painting differs greatly from Scholderer's earlier works. The influence of English painting, which Scholderer had studied intensively after moving to London in 1871, is in evidence here.
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”.
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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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