Ottilie W. Roederstein painted this self-portrait in 1904. The broad, loose brushstrokes and the light colours have an impressionist feel to them. The painting thus illustrates the radical change in style she underwent during those years. She had just joined the Frankfurt-Cronberg Artists’ Association, whose aim was to establish Impressionist painting en plein air in Germany. In doing so, the members wanted to set themselves apart from the conservative view of art that prevailed in Frankfurt at the time. Roederstein often tried out new styles in her self-portraits. With more than eighty self-portraits, she created an unusually large body of work of this genre. The “Self-Portrait with Hat” was expressly intended for the public and she exhibited it at the Paris Salon in the year after its creation, thus presenting the public not only with herself but also with her new artistic signature. Here, she demonstrates her colouristic talent and shows herself self-confidently, with a concentrated gaze turned towards the observer. The signature “OWR” is clearly visible in the foreground.
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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