Provenance Research

Franz Ludwig Catel Künstlergesellschaft in Italien

Franz Ludwig Catel, Künstlergesellschaft in Italien, Öl auf Leinwand, 35 x 46,8, Inv.Nr.: 2789
Provenienz: Reichsministerium für Wissenschaft, Erziehung und Volksbildung, Berlin; 1942 an die Hamburger Kunsthalle abgegeben

In December 1998, eleven points were agreed by the Washington Conference on Holocaust Assets. The countries which took part in the conference urged their museums to examine their collections and check the provenance of all artworks and artefacts which were confiscated by the Nazis.

In 1999, the German government, federal land and communal organisation supported this agreement in the "Berliner Declaration". They demanded that German collections and responsible organisations begin and continue to look into confiscated artwork especially the artwork originally owned by Jewish people.

In October 2000, the Hamburger Kunsthalle followed this up and created the provenance research project, which will continue until September 2005.

Any artwork in the Hamburger Kunsthalle which was made until 1945 and registered after 1933 is subject to research and is being investigated.

The research of the provenance of the paintings has priority. On the following pages, there is a picture of each work of art and a description of its history which remains incomplete. It has 'provenance gaps'. These could be paintings which were confiscated by the Nazis from their victims or which were regularly bought, donated or inherited. All the listed artworks are also registered on the homepage of the Koordinierungsstelle für Kulturgutverluste ( in Magdeburg.

The pages will be renewed an updated as a result of this research.

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