Behind him lies sunny Jutland. In this early Impressionist portrait, the artist, aged twenty-one, looks full of confidence. In the background, seen through the panes of a closed window, a bright strip of landscape opens up above the rooftops. The letters on the paper, "HB SL MINKCH TUBE", could be completed to form a dedication to his future wife: "Herr Beckmann seiner Liebsten Minna (MINKCHEN) Tube" (Mr. Beckmann to his dearest Minna Tube). This is the artist's third self-portrait and the only one that shows him with a beard, which he removed again shortly afterwards. He would produce many other artist's portraits during the course of his life.
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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