In Willi Baumeister’s works of the late 1930s, the depictions of human figures take on the character of signs resembling written letters. "The Procession of the Giants" combines mythical worlds with the reduced forms the artist had drawn from his study of ancient cultures. Yet the work also owes its primeval quality to the drawing mediums and complex drawing technique he employed. For example, an irregular structure reminiscent of a rock face covers the entire surface. To achieve that effect, the artist laid the sheet on a relief-like surface whose structure appeared on the paper when he went over it with charcoal.
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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