Investigation into the provenance of museum collections in connection with the theft, confiscation and sale of objects under duress between 1933 and 1945.

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Blick auf Murnau mit Kirche

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Collectie Van Abbemuseum, foto Peter Cox, Eindhoven

Blick auf Murnau mit Kirche

Artist/ Creator
Wassily Kandinsky
Title
Blick auf Murnau mit Kirche
Year
1910
Technique
Oil on canvas
Size
110,6 x 120 cm
Inventorynumber
183
Category
Paintings

Museum

Van Abbemuseum

Conclusion

When and from whom Légat art gallery acquired this painting is no longer known. Who the former owner ‘A. Kaufmann’ was and how the painting was lost is no longer known.

Explanation

The museum acquired this painting in 1951 from Légat art gallery in The Hague. The old museum inventory card states ‘Formerly of A. Kaufmann’s collection, whose daughter in the Netherlands sold it to Légat (opg. Légat).’ Given that Kaufmann is a common Jewish name and the nature of this entartete painting, it is possible that the provenance of this work is problematic. A search on Internet and at RKD, NBI and catalogues of Kandinsky’s oeuvre have turned up several possible candidates for the name A. Kaufmann, yet there can be little certainty regarding the former owner, or the reason why it was given away.

Reconstruction origin

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A. Kaufmann, unknown

Museum inventory

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Daughter of A. Kaufmann (collection), Netherlands

Museum inventory

Before 1951
K. A. Légat (art dealer), The Hague

Museum inventory

1951
Purchased by the museum from the art dealer K.A. Légat

Museum inventory

1951 <> present day
Van Abbemuseum