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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After the harvest

Artist/ Creator
Pieter Aertsen
Title
After the harvest
Year
1567 - 1569
Technique
Oil on panel
Size
126,9 x 159,2 cm
Inventorynumber
2436 OK
Category
Paintings

Museum

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Conclusion

This painting was in the possession of ‘Dr. Bruno Berall’ or ‘Dr. Bruno Beroll’ at an unknown point in time. It is not clear if this is the same Dr. Bruno Beral whose assets in Vienna were confiscated and sold in 1941. 

Explanation

This painting entered the collection of the museum with the purchase of the art collection from the estate of D.G. van Beuningen in 1958. D.G. van Beuningen acquired it from the art dealer Lambert Jageneau in 1939. Correspondence shows that Jageneau inquired about who the previous owners in Vienna were, which could suggest that Jageneau acquired the work through a middleman who remains unknown. Research shows that a lawyer Dr. Bruno Beral (1888-1961) lived in Vienna since 1906, where he got married and had a daughter. By law Beral was considered Jewish, and he left Vienna with his family in 1938. They eventually settled in Australia, but their assets in Vienna were confiscated and sold in 1941. The Beral family attempted to retrieve their assets after the war, but it is unknown if his assets included an art collection. It is not clear if the ‘Dr. Bruno Berall’ or ‘Dr. Bruno Beroll’ identified by Jageneau as the previous owner of the painting by Aertsen is the same Dr. Bruno Beral who fled Vienna in 1938.

Reconstruction origin

? <> ?
Dr. Bruno Berall or Dr. Bruno Beroll (collection), Vienna

Archive Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen; Archive Hannema de Stuers Fundatie 762; D. Hannema, Catalogue of  the D.G. Van Beuningen Collection, 1949, p.15, no. 2; D. Hannema, Chefs d'œuvre de la collection D.G. van  Beuningen, Rotterdam 1952, p. 21, no. 36

? < > 1939-06-06
Lambert Jageneau (art dealer), The Hague

Archive Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

1939-06-06 < > 1958
D.G. van Beuningen (collection), Vierhouten

Archive Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

1958 < > present day
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (acquired by the municipality of Rotterdam)

Archive Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen