Otto Scholderer, originally from Frankfurt, lived in London from 1871 to 1899, where he worked mainly as a portrait and still life painter. Here, he depicts himself as an elegant Victorian gentleman and, thus, as an artist who has become part of English society. The painting style is influenced by his connection to France. Above all, the soft transitions and the mild, brown-golden light are reminiscent of Fantin-Latour’s work, a close friend of his. Scholderer painted this representative self-portrait for an exhibition at the Royal Academy. For him, it was a calling card of his skill, which he also showed at exhibitions in Paris and Frankfurt.
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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