Two pears and a casserole in front of a dark background in various shades of brown – Ottilie W. Roederstein’s main focus was on the objects’ different textures: on the matt green and the small dents in the pear skins as well as on the copper pot’s shimmering light surface reflections. After portraits, still lifes were the second most important genre in Roederstein’s work. In this way, she ostensibly conformed to the ideas of 19th century art world, which confined women artists to these two less prestigious genres. Roederstein, however, devoted herself to still lifes relatively late in life, towards the peak of her career. This small composition in the Städel Museum collection, painted in 1903, is one of the earliest surviving examples. With it, Roederstein invokes 18th century French and Dutch still lifes – including those by French painter Jean-Siméon Chardin, who was then very well-known and whom she greatly admired. With her work, she draws on this tradition.
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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