Showing posts with label art provenance research projects. Show all posts
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Feb 2, 2021

Lies Provenance Researchers Told


This post aims to collect, little by little, published provenances that have been proven to be false, and, where possible, to specify their authors and publishers.

Why try to identify lies in provenances?

Lying about the fate of artworks owned by Jewish collectors who were persecuted by the Nazis inserts false information into the historical record of the Holocaust. 

For a provenance researcher to do this deliberately is, in my opinion, a grave act of immorality which facilitates Holocaust denial. 

For a provenance researcher to do this "accidentally" is evidence of incompetence, which should be sanctioned and not rewarded by employers and funders.

Readers are invited to add examples of published false provenances in the comments.


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False Provenances Concerning Ownership during the Nazi Era by Artist (to Research and Confirm)


Gustav Klimt



Edgar Degas



Marc Chagall


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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

- Provenance errors by Nazi art collector Kurt Feldhäusser and the Museum of Modern Art in New York ("location mixup")

(why did MoMA’s version carry yet another title, “Sand Hills in Engadine”?...MoMA realized Mr. Feldhäusser had mistaken the hills for ones on an island near Denmark while the museum had mistaken them for hills in Switzerland. -WSJ)

for more examples of Jewish owned art passing under the Nazis through Ferdinand Möller Galerie, Berlin ==> Kurt Feldhäuser, Berlin ==> museums see Fischer, Max lostart.de

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Paul Gauguin

Faaturuma (Melancholic)



"The Wildenstein catalogue raisonné of 1964 tentatively suggests that a certain “Dr. Hahnloser, Zurich” owned Faaturuma between Vollard and Wolfensberger. The best-known collectors fitting this description are Arthur Hahnloser (1870-1936) and his brother Emil Hahnloser (1874-1940). However, neither began collecting works by Gauguin until after World War I. As Lukas Gloor notes, “an acquisition by Arthur Hahnloser of Faaturumain 1912 would…have been totally out of sync with Arthur’s collecting behaviour at that time” and “an acquisition by Emil Hahnloser of Faaturuma in 1912 would have been a totally isolated affair”; see e-mail from Lukas Gloor, Director, Sammlung E. G. Bührle, to Brigid Boyle, July 23, 2015, NAMA curatorial files. 

[5] The Wildenstein catalogue raisonné of 1964 claims that Justin K. Thannhauser owned Faaturuma between Wolfensberger and Stransky, but there is no documentary evidence to support this." - (source: Nelson-Atkins museum online provenance text (December 2017))


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George Grosz


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"Le Repos Dans Le Jardin Argenteuil" (Monet’s Garden at Argenteuil)

Claude Monet



Amedeo Modigliani

Pablo Picasso

Thomas Couture

Édouard Vuillard

François Boucher

El Greco

Egon Schiele

André Derain



Paul Klee



Jan van Goyen 



Cranach

Renoir

Sisley

Camille Pissarro

Georges Braque

Wassily Kandinsky

Henri Matisse

Gustave Courbet

Gerard T. Borch

Albert Gleizes

Frans Hals

Macchiaioli

Corneille de Lyon

Lucien Adrion

Bernardo Bellotto

Carl Blechen

Van Gogh

Lovis Corinth

Carl Spitzweg

Mondrian

Giambattista Tiepolo

Cornelis Troost

Jean-Louis Forain

Constantin Guys

Adolph von Menzel

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller

Émile Vernet-Lecomte

(update ongoing...)


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images


Gustav Klimt Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (also called The Lady in Gold or The Woman in Gold) by  (Former owner, Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portrait_of_Adele_Bloch-Bauer_I

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El Greco “Portrait of a Gentleman”  Seized by Nazis Returns to Owner’s Family in Artsbeat NYT. (Former owner, Julius Priester)

https://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/an-el-greco-seized-by-nazis-returns-to-owners-family/

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Edgar Degas “Landscape with Smokestacks” (1890) Landscape with Smokestacks – Friedrich Gutmann Heirs and Daniel Searle

https://plone.unige.ch/art-adr/cases-affaires/landscape-with-smokestacks-2013-friedrich-gutmann-heirs-and-daniel-searle#!prettyPhoto[pp_gal]/0/

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1917-18 painting ‘Sand Hills in Engadine aka ‘Sand Hills (By Grünau)’ Museum of Modern Art Returns Painting to Heirs of Man Who Fled Nazis, WSJ (Former owner, Max Fischer

https://archive.is/zuHqA

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Claude Monet "Monet’s Garden at Argenteuil" (Le Repos Dans Le Jardin Argenteuil) , Settlement Reached on Monet’s Garden at Argenteuil (Former owner, Maria Newman, widow of Henry P. Newman)

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Paul Klee “Swamp Legend,” from 1919 After 26 Years, Munich Settles Case Over a Klee Looted by the Nazis in NYT (Former owner, Ms. Lissitzky-Küppers)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/26/arts/design/after-26-years-munich-settles-case-over-a-klee-looted-by-nazis.html

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Jan van Goyen (1595 – 1656), River Landscape with a SwineherdA Goudstikker van Goyen in Gdańsk: A Case Study of Nazi-Looted Art in Poland (Former owner, Jacques Goustikker)

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-journal-of-cultural-property/article/goudstikker-van-goyen-in-gdansk-a-case-study-of-nazilooted-art-in-poland/475F94269B2C9EC44ECD58FE08608D5B/share/2e8a428ee0482f496f214c8c3fe826f32c26bb62#

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By DOREEN CARVAJAL and ALISON SMALE, JULY 15, 2016, NYT



Dec 8, 2019

AMAM Provenance Gaps 1933-1945

AMAM Provenance List
European paintings in the AMAM collection with incomplete provenance and/or changes in ownership in Europe for the period 1933-1945:
ArtistArtworkAccNum

Provenance

Apollonio di GiovanniBattle Between the Athenians and the Persians1943.239With Paul Drey Gallery, New York, from whom purchased in 1943.
Paul CézanneViaduct at l’Estaque1950.3Edward Molyneux [1891–1974] Paris and Monte Carlo, by 1939
Antoine CoypelThe Finding of Moses1978.2European private collection With Heim Gallery, London (by 1977), from whom purchased in 1978.
Henri-Edmond CrossThe Return of the Fisherman(Le Pêcheur Provençal)1953.271Deposited by the artist at Galerie Druet, Paris

Sale Atelier H. E. Cross, Paris (Hotel Drouot), 28 October 1921, lot 30

Collection Maximilien Luce (1858-1941), Paris

Collection Frédéric Luce, Paris

With Wildenstein Galleries, New York, from whom purchased in 1953.
Giorgio de ChiricoSelf-Portrait1938.1Purchased from Theodore Schempp, New York, in 1938.
Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri)Landscape with Flight into Egypt1968.51Collection H. Pearson, Datchett, Windsor

Possibly sale Gen. Thiebaut, London (Christie's), 13 June 1817, lot 61 (£77.14, to Gray)

Possibly sale London (Christie's), 1 May 1830 (as ÒA small Landscape, with the Flight into Egypt, with classical Buildings in the distanceÓ)

With Ferdinando Peretti, London, from whom purchased in 1968
Emile Auguste Carolus-DuranPortrait of Philippe Burty1994.9Probably by descent to the daughter of the sitter, Madeleine Haviland, née Burty

Collection Mme. Maric-Haviland, Paris

With Shepherd Gallery, New York (1983)

Sale New York (Christie's), 1 March 1990, lot 19

With Christopher J. Robinson, New York, from whom acquired in 1994.
Giovanni Battista GaulliDeath of Adonis1966.2With Leger Galleries, London (1953-54)

With Giovanni Salocci, Florence (1956-57)

Private collection, New York (by 1962)

With Gualteiro Volterra, Florence, from whom purchased in 1966.
Jan van GoyenLandscape with Dunes1941.76Collection Dr. Johan Focke, Bremen (as cited in 1928 sales catalogue, below)

Collection Fraulein M. Focke, Bremen (by 1904)

Sale Amsterdam (F. Muller), 12 December 1922, lot 159 ($1500)

Collection Mrs. A. Rowe, New York

Sale New York (American Art Association), 26 April 1928, lot 79, ill. ($1275)

With Gebr. Douwes, Amsterdam (1928, acquired by them in London)

With M. Knoedler & Company, Inc., London and New York (1929-30)

With E. J. van Wisselingh, Amsterdam (1932)

Collection Kuenxe Graef? (noted by Knoedler, 1941)

With M. Knoedler & Company, Inc., New York, from whom purchased in 1941.
Italian (Florentine) 14th centuryCrucifix1942.129Graf Wilczek, Castle Kreuzenstein near Vienna

With E. A. Silberman Galleries in New York (1936), from whom purchased in 1942.
Alexej von JawlenskyHead of a Woman1955.23Collection Fernand Graindorge, Liège (1954)

With Theodore Schempp, New York, from whom purchased in 1955.
Jacob JordaensAn Oracle1964.35Possibly identical with Òde Offerande,Ó listed among the modelli or designs for tapestries in the inventory of the collection of the tapestry merchant Michiel Wauters, Antwerp, 16 October 1679

Colletion Arthur Holford, London

Sale London (ChristieÕs), 29 November 1963, lot 72 (£1470)

With Frederick Mont, Inc., New York, from whom purchased in 1964.
Ernst Ludwig KirchnerSelf-Portrait as a Soldier1950.29Städtische Galerie, Dresden (1916-19)

With Kunsthandlung Schames, Frankfurt (1919)

Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt (1919)

On loan to the Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt (inv. S.G. 299 in 1919 inventory book and 1924 catalogue) until 1937

Confiscated by the National Socialists and removed to a Berlin warehouse in 1937 (inv. 15999)

Collection Dr. Kurt Feldhausser (1943-45)

Collection Mrs. Marie-Louise Feldhausser, his mother (1945-?)

Sold to Gallery E. Weyhe, New York, from whom purchased in 1950.
Paul KleeThe Kettledrum Organ1944.21Purchased by the Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie, Dessau, in February 1931, for 2000 RM

Confiscated by the National Socialists, 1937 (inv. 10922)

Purchased by Karl Buchholz in Berlin, 18 February 1939, for $120

With Buchholz Galleries, New York, from whom purchased in 1944.
Gustav KlimtPortrait of a Lady1958.157Private collection, Vienna

With Galerie St. Etienne, New York (1950), from whom purchased in July 1958.
Jacopo LigozziPortable Altar in a Carrying Case1958.1Collection Bauer, Vienna

With F. Kleinberger & Co., New York, from whom purchased in 1958.
Mariotto di NardoAdoration of the Magi1943.118Collection Marchese Franzoni, Genoa

With N. Acquavella, New York (by 1940) from whom purchased in 1943.
Master of the Sterzing AltarpieceSaint Mary Magdalene1941.75Collection Armando Sabatello, Rome

With Ars Antiqua, New York

Collection Samuel H. Kress, New York (1950)

Given to the museum in 1961.
Pier Francesco MolaMercury Putting Argus to Sleep1961.85Collection Armando Sabatello, Rome

With Ars Antiqua, New York

Collection Samuel H. Kress, New York (1950)

Given to the museum in 1961.
Claude MonetWisteria1960.5Collection Michel Monet, Giverny

Collection Katia Granoff, Paris

With Paul Rosenberg and Company, New York, from whom purchased in 1960.
Jean-Baptiste OudryA Young Rabbit and Partridge Hung by the Feet1982.47With Paul Cailleux, Paris (1932)

With Bensimon, Inc., New York

Collection Mr. and Mrs. André Meyer (by 1962)

Sale Meyer, New York (Sotheby's), 22 October 1980, lot 10

With H. Schickman Gallery, New York, from whom purchased in 1982.
Pablo PicassoGlass of Absinthe1947.36Collection Ambroise Vollard, Paris

With Galerie Pierre, Paris

Collection Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., New York (1937-44)

Sale New York (Parke-Bernet), 11 April 1946, lot 29

Collection Theodore Schempp, New York (1946-47), from whom purchased in 1947
Jusepe de RiberaBlind Old Beggar1955.9Collection Dr. Carvalho, Château de Villandry, France (1927)

Sale Tours, 19 November 1953, lot 76

With Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York, from whom purchased in 1955
Peter Paul RubensThe Finding of Erichthonius1944.96Collection Duc de Richelieu, 1671

Sale Morel, Paris, 19 April 1786 (held 3 May 1786), lot 34 (ÒUne jardinière accroupie et appuyée sur le couvercle dÕun panier rempli de fleurs. Elle est vêtue dÕun corsage et dÕune jupe de satin jaune . . . 42 x 38 pouces; 301 livres, to Vicomte de ChamgrandÓ)

Sale de Proly, Chamgrand et al., Paris (Paillet), 20 March 1787, lot 30 (723 livres, to Marichale le Bois)

Collection R. A. C. Goodwin-Austen

Sale George Smith, John Tobin et al., London (Christie's), 27 May 1882, lot 98 (erroneously as from the Orléans Gallery; £157.10 to Lesser)

Collection Archibald Coats, Woodside, Paisley

His sale, London (Christie's), 3 July 1914, lot 126 (as ÒFloraÓ and formerly in the Orlean collection; £75.2 to Collings)

Unidentified sale, London, 1939

With A. F. Mondschein, New York, from whom purchased in 1944.
Jan SteenMerry Company1957.14Collection Dukes of Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg (possibly acquired by Herzog [Duke] Ernst II von Sachsen [1745-1804], later Dukes of Sachsen-Coburg and Gotha

Herzogliches Gemäldegalerie, Gotha (inv. 257)

Collection of Helmhold Hoffman, Germany

With G. Cramer Oude Kunst, The Hague, from whom purchased in 1957.
Vrancke van der StocktKneeling Donor with Saint John the Baptist1942.128Collection H. Oppenheimer, London

His sale, London, 24 July 1936, lot 6 (as by Aelbert Bouts)

Art market, Vienna (1937)

With E. and A. Silberman Galleries, New York, from whom purchased in 1942.
David Teniers the YoungerSaints Anthony and Paul in a Landscape1973.9Private collection, France

Collection Herman Göring

Munich, Collecting Point (1946), no. 5887

French Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Paris (for restitution)

With Heim Gairac Gallery, Paris

With David M. Koetser Gallery, Zurich, from whom purchased in 1973.
Esaias van de VeldeSummer Landscape1958.42Collection van Diemen, Amsterdam

Collection Anna Maria van Diemen (later [from 1675] wife of Gerolamo Paressi)

By descent to Marchese Raffaello Mansi Orsetti, Lucca (1928)

Purchased in Spain by Frederick Mont, Inc., New York (in association with Newhouse Gallery, New York), from whom purchased in 1958
Adriaen Pietersz van de VenneAllegory of Poverty1960.94Collection Dukes of Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg (possibly acquired by Herzog [Duke] Ernst II von Sachsen [1745-1804]), later Dukes of Sachsen-Coburg and Gotha

Herzogliches Gemäldegalerie, Gotha (inv. 228)

With Hans Cramer Oude Kunst, The Hague, from whom purchased in 1960.
Adriaen van der Werff and Henrik van LimborchJacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph1963.30Sale Hoogeveen et al., Amsterdam (Van der Linden & De Winter), 5 June 1765, lot 5 (_560, to de Winter; with pendant, lot 6)

Possibly offered for sale by Mettra, Paris (1767) for 10,530 livres, with pendant

Bildergalerie, Sanssouci, Potsdam (by 1770), with pendant

Königliche Museum (later the Kaiser-Friedrich Museum), Berlin (c. 1837-1906), with pendant

Returned to the private collection of the Princes of Hohenzollern (1906-1925), with pendant

Private collection, London

Purchased sale London (Christie's), 24 May 1963, lot 152.

source: http://www2.oberlin.edu/amam/nazieraprovenance.htm - AMAM Provenance List
European paintings in the AMAM collection with incomplete provenance and/or changes in ownership in Europe for the period 1933-1945:

see also the NEPIP list for the Allen Memorial Art Museum