This small sketchbook initially served Hans Thoma as a diary. Between 26 May and 29 July 1891, he noted down more or less daily who he had met with, which operas he had listened to in Bayreuth, when he had travelled from Munich to Lake Starnberg and much more. However, these summarising, list-like entries still await a complete evaluation. There are few drawings to be found between these diary notes. However, in the book, opened from the back and thus in addition to the notes on the head, there are some quick compositional sketches or reproductions.
For a full sketchbook description, please see “Research”.
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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