In this work, Karl Otto Götz combined slightly distorted geometric forms with human-like figures striding somnambulistically through the pictorial space as on a stage. He immersed the body forms in dark green and purple, adding isolated accents in vivid yellow, orange and red. As he worked, he applied the paints so thickly that they virtually form a relief on the cardboard. In the background, on the other hand, he used a brush and scraper to spread out the bands of colour relatively thinly, thus bringing out the figures’ plasticity all the more distinctly. The brushstrokes and impressions made by the scraper are clearly discernible and testify to the artist’s growing interest in gestural expression.
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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