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Painting with Houses

Artist/ Creator
Wassily Kandinsky
Title
Painting with Houses
Year
1909
Technique
Oil on canvas
Size
98 x 133 cm
Inventorynumber
A 1740
Category
Paintings

Museum

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Conclusion

This painting from the estate of a Jewish collector was auctioned at a Frederik Muller sale in Amsterdam in 1940.

Explanation

Stedelijk Museum bought the painting on 9 October 1940 at a Frederik Muller & Co auction in Amsterdam. It is listed as Compositie, in the catalogue of ‘Oude en Moderne Schilderijen, Acquarellen, Teekeningen, etc/Afkomstig van de collectie van wijlen J. Goudstikker/Diverse verzamelingen en nalatenschappen’. This lot number was from ‘Nalatenschap L., Amsterdam’.

The Jewish owner had inherited the work in 1930 from her husband, who had purchased it in 1923 from van Paul Citroen, who had given it on consignment to J.H. de Bois art gallery in Amsterdam.

Update 2018

On October 22nd 2018 the Restitutions Committee has issued a binding opinion about the application for restitution of this painting  by Wassily Kandinsky, currently in the possession of Amsterdam City Council. The Committee takes the view that the City Council is not obliged to restitute the work. Read more: http://www.restitutiecommissie.nl/en/recommendations/recommendation_rc_3141.html

Reconstruction origin

? <> 1923
Paul Citroen (art dealer), Amsterdam

Museum inventory; H. van Rheeden et al., Paul Citroen: kunstenaar, docent, verzamelaar, Hannema – de Stuers Fundatie, Heino, 1994, cat. no. IX, p. 56; H.K. Roethel, Kandinsky: catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint, Paris 1982-1984, I, p. 256

? <> 1923
J.H. de Bois (art dealer), Amsterdam, on consignment

Museum inventory; H. van Rheeden et al., Paul Citroen: kunstenaar, docent, verzamelaar, Hannema – de Stuers Fundatie, Heino, 1994, cat. no. IX, p. 56; H.K. Roethel, Kandinsky: catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint, Paris 1982-1984, I, p. 256

1923 <> 1930
Private collection, Amsterdam

Museum inventory; H. van Rheeden et al., Paul Citroen: kunstenaar, docent, verzamelaar, Hannema – de Stuers Fundatie, Heino, 1994, cat. no. IX, p. 56; H.K. Roethel, Kandinsky: catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint, Paris 1982-1984, I, p. 256

1930 <> 1937
Private collection, Amsterdam

Museum inventory; see Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 8 October 1940, no. 205

1937 <> ?
Private collection, Amsterdam

Museum inventory

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

See Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 8 October 1940, no. 205; H.K. Roethel, Kandinsky: catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint, Paris 1982-1984, I, p. 256

1940-10-08
Purchased by the museum at Frederik Muller auction

Museum inventory; H.K. Roethel, Kandinsky: catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint, Paris 1982-1984, I, p. 256

1940-10-08 <> present day
Stedelijk Museum