It was in the so-called Hagemann Design that Kirchner arrived at the carpet’s final colour scheme. The composition corresponds almost entirely to that of the finished carpet, which was in production from 1927 onwards (Städel Museum, Inv. No. 2111). Even if minor details are missing, the study already conveys the symmetrical and rhythmic pictorial structure with its centrally placed geometric form, mirrored pairs of figures and rows of mountain peaks. With regard to content and composition alike, this work manifests Kirchner’s ideal vision of the peaceful coexistence of man and nature.
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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