Karl Bohrmann referred to his drawings as “scribblings”, a term that alludes to his rapid working process and gestural style. For this untitled composition, he used a pencil to outline rectangular areas which he filled with horizontally oriented concentrations of energetic scrawls in coloured pencil. He then spread the pigments of the latter with the aid of a damp brush, creating transparent layers of colour. Zones of thickly applied white body colour contrast with these delicate constructs. The depiction of a reclining female nude at the lower edge goes almost unnoticed; her contours blend organically with the abstract composition.
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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