A musician sits at the window gazing wistfully at the world outside. Scholderer here revisits a German Romanticist motif. Having begun his studies at the Städelschule, the artist went to Paris, where his contact with Courbet, Fantin-Latour and Manet had a formative influence on his style. In Germany there was hardly an audience for his work. Following sojourns in Kronberg, Düsseldorf and Munich, Scholderer went to London, where he remained for nearly thirty years. He returned to Frankfurt only shortly before his death, with the painting that is now considered his chief work in his luggage.
The ancestors of Martin Flersheim (1856–1935) had already lived in Frankfurt in the seventeenth century. He assembled an extensive collection of works by contemporary painters – Max Liebermann, Hans Thoma, Wilhelm Trübner and many others. He had been on the managing committee of the Städelscher Museums-Verein since its founding. Flersheim purchased Scholderer’s ‘Violinist at the Window’ in 1902, when the artist’s estate was auctioned off. He loaned the work to the Städel in 1906, then going on to donate it to the museum in 1921.
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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