Only at a second glance can the still life can be recognised as such from the composition of simplified objects with black contours. The artist drew the outlines in charcoal and then filled the spaces with bright complementary colours (red/green, blue/orange, yellow/purple). Jawlensky later wrote that he was able to express that which “vibrated” inside him through colours and forms. The influence of the French artist Henri Matisse is reflected in this abstract style and its relinquishing of a spatial perspective.
The painter, collector and art dealer Hanna Bekker vom Rath (1893-1983) did more than maintain personal contact with the artist Alexei von Jawlensky - from 1927 onwards she promoted his fame with tremendous energy through a circle of supporters, the 'Gesellschaft der Freunde der Kunst von A. v. Jawlensky' (Society of Friends of the Art of A. v. Jawlensky) in Wiesbaden. Jawlensky's Frankfurt-born patron also supported numerous artists of her generation and thus contributed in no small way to the revival of Modernism after the end of the Second World War.
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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