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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On Nes (Night Life)

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On Nes (Night Life)

Artist/ Creator
Jan Toorop
Title
On Nes (Night Life)
Year
1889
Technique
Oil on canvas
Size
76,5 x 77,5 cm
Inventorynumber
SCH-1939-0023
Category
Paintings

Museum

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Conclusion

This painting was part of the collection confiscated from Hans Ludwig Larsen.

Explanation

Hans Ludwig Larsen was of German Jewish extraction and settled in the Netherlands with his family before 1931. At his death in Wassenaar in 1937 he left a large art collection. His wife Suzanne Larsen-Menzel and their two children became Dutch citizens in 1939. In October of that year they emigrated to the United States.

Before leaving, Mrs Larsen-Menzel gave a number of objects from the collection on loan to Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. After the German invasion the new regime identified these items as enemy property and had put them up for sale in 1942 at Van Marle & Bignell auction house. How the painting subsequently returned to the possession of the museum is unclear. Sala art gallery may have played a role. An old inventory card states: ‘Bought back from the Germans.’

 

Reconstruction origin

? <>?
E. Picard (collection), Brussels

RKD images artwork no. 29100

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Hidde Nijland (collection), Dordrecht / The Hague

RKD Visual Documentation no. 1402; RKD images artwork no. 29100; see A. Mak cat., Amsterdam, 21 December 1926, no. 14 (as ‘La vie de nuit’) (ill.)

1926-12-21
A. Mak (auction), Amsterdam

RKD Visual Documentation no. 1402; RKD images artwork no. 29100; see A. Mak cat., Amsterdam, 21 December 1926, no. 14 (as ‘La vie de nuit’) (ill.)

1926-12-21 <> ?
Kamerlingh Onnes, unknown

RKD Visual Documentation no. 1402

Before 1928 <> 1939
D.A. Hoogendijk (art dealer), Amsterdam

RKD Visual Documentation no. 1402; RKD images artwork no. 29100; Eere tentoonstelling Jan Toorop exhibition cat., 4-26 April 1928, Pulchri Studio, The Hague, no. 22 (as ‘Nachtleven’)

Before 1939 <> 1942-12-07
Hans Ludwig Larsen (collection), Wassenaar

Museum inventory; D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December 2000; RKD Visual Documentation no. 1402; Van Marle & Bignell archive, inv. no. 193; SNK archive no. 156.716

1942-12-07
Van Marle & Bignell (auction), The Hague

Museum inventory; D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December 2000; RKD Visual Documentation no. 1402; see Van Marle & Bignell cat., The Hague, 7 December 1942, no. 54 (ill.); Van Marle & Bignell archive, inv. no. 193; SNK no. 156, 716

1942-12-07 <> ?
D. Sala & zonen (art dealer), The Hague

Museum inventory; D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December; SNK archive no. 716

1942<> present day
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Museum inventory; D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December 2000; RKD Visual Documentation no. 1402; RKD images artwork no. 29100