Hans Thoma mainly drew representations of the fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red” in this sketchbook, probably after the version by the Brothers Grimm. He later tore two of these scenes out of the block along the perforation line; today they are enclosed as loose sheets. The sketchbook, which is otherwise barely used, contains only three further sketches of sagas and legends: a Nordic scene, which has yet to be identified, a representation of Odin, the Germanic father of the gods, and a Virgin Mary surrounded by birds. It is unknown whether the designs were created in preparation for (book) illustrations. They are neither signed nor dated, not even inscribed. – The same applies to the two loose sheets with studies of plants and trees from another sketchbook.
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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