The unfinished tower stands majestically on a rise, surrounded by wooden scaffolding. The laths of the scaffolding reach upwards into the lively sky like the probing feelers of insects. The emerging structure rises above the dark pine trees on the left-hand edge of the picture, conjuring up associations with the biblical Tower of Babel, which was intended to reach up to heaven. This early work reveals the influence of the Impressionists and shows the water tower in Berlin-Hermsdorf, where the artist lived from 1907 with his first wife, Minna Beckmann-Tube.
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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