For this drawing, Karl Otto Götz chose very smooth cardboard that did not absorb the paint as quickly, thus allowing the gouache paint to glide across the surface better. He began by priming the surface with glue. Next, he used a brush to paint a purple band into which he then very quickly and energetically worked black paint. Finally, he took the squeegee in hand and, with angular sweeps, pushed the paint aside, re-exposing the cardboard ground. By these means he succeeded in interweaving the dynamic forms with one another and integrating the ‘background’ into the composition. “There are no longer isolated forms, but rather each formal element blends with the neighbouring ones; everything is interrelated”, Götz later explained.
 K. O. Götz. Erinnerungen und Werk, Band Ib, Düsseldorf 1983, p. 957
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”.
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