Little is known about the Jewish painter Katz, who lived in Frankfurt from 1920 until 1936. After initial successes his career came to an abrupt end. Katz fled from the National Socialists and settled in South Africa, where he died in poverty in 1940. In Germany, his works, in a style between Expressionism and New Objectivity, were denounced as ‘degenerate’ and destroyed – including a work the Städel had acquired in 1925. The museum’s purchase in 2008 of Katz’s ‘Young Woman in a Wicker Chair’ marked the artist’s return to the collection.