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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The Artist G.J. Hoffmann

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The artist G.J. Hoffmann

Artist/ Creator
Jacob Maris
Title
The artist G.J. Hoffmann
Year
1856
Technique
Oil on panel
Size
27 x 19 cm
Inventorynumber
A 896
Category
Paintings

Museum

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Conclusion

When and from whom Jacob Muller & Co acquired this painting by Maris is no longer known.

Explanation

Jacob Muller & Co of The Hague bought this painting in December 1943. Although the art gallery’s receipt in the museum archive suggests that this was a reputable firm, a search in various archives and contemporary newspapers reveals no information about the gallery. The deal may have been the work of an opportunist taking advantage of the highly lucrative art market during the war.

Reconstruction origin

? <> 1943-12
Jacob Muller & Co (art dealer), The Hague

Museum inventory

1943-12
Purchased by the museum from Jacob Muller & Co, art dealer

Museum inventory

1943-12 <> present day
Stedelijk Museum