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African wearing a Yellow Loincloth

Artist/ Creator
Jan Sluijters
Title
African wearing a Yellow Loincloth
Year
1914
Technique
Oil on canvas
Size
127,3 x 94,8 cm
Inventorynumber
SCH-1980-0021
Category
Paintings

Museum

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Conclusion

This painting is from the prewar collection of Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker.

Explanation

This painting was part of art dealer Jacques Goudstikker’s collection. It was in Goudstikker’s possession at the outbreak of the Second World War. Alois Miedl, who took over the art gallery when Goudstikker fled, consigned the work for sale at a Frederik Muller auction on 8 and 9 October 1940. Goudstikker died in an accident while fleeing the country on 16 May 1940.
C. Croes had worked at Jacques Goudstikker’s gallery before it was taken over by Alois Miedl. When the latter liquidated the gallery Croes received 25,000 guilders, of the 400,000 guilders he distributed among the staff. Being familiar with Goudstikker’s collection, Croes had the foresight to buy the work at auction on 8 October 1940. It remained in the family’s possession until R. Croes donated it to Gemeentemuseum in September 1980.
The museum is in contact with the heirs.

Reconstruction origin

? <> ?
Piet Boendermaker (collection), Bergen

GAA 1341 no. 38, inv. no. 1627; P. Spijk, De Bergense school en Piet Boendermaker: kunstverzamelaar in Amsterdam en Bergen, Zwolle 1997, no. 3753; RKD images artwork no. 100371

? <> 1940-05-16
Jacques Goudstikker (art dealer), Amsterdam

Museum inventory; D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December 2000; GAA 1341 no. 38, inv. no. 1627; RKD images artwork no. 100371; see Frederik Muller cat. Amsterdam, 8 October, no. 128; SNK archive no. 190

After 16 May 1940 <> 1940-10-08
Goudstikker/Miedl (art dealer), Amsterdam

See Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 8 October 1940, no. 128; SNK archive no. 190

1940-10-08
Frederik Muller (auction), Amsterdam

RKD images artwork no. 100371; see Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 8 October, no. 128; SNK archive no. 190

1940-10-8 <> 1980-09-17
R. Croes (collection), Amsterdam

Museum inventory; D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December 2000; RKD images artwork no. 100371; SNK archive no. 190

1980-09-17
Donated to Gemeentemuseum by mister R. Croes

Museum inventory; RKD images artwork no. 100371

1980-09-17 <> present day
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag