|The Meadows Museum is committed to ongoing research into the provenance, or ownership history, of its collections. Since the founding of the Meadows Museum in 1965, Meadows curators and researchers have worked to compile as much provenance data as possible for artworks in the collection. Knowledge of an object’s provenance is important for fully understanding the artwork’s history – this is especially critical when dealing with works that may have changed hands in Continental Europe during the Nazi era.
Provenance research can be quite complex and requires a great amount of time and expertise. For the majority of artworks, provenance is incomplete (an object’s ownership history is often difficult to trace with no gaps in information; this is especially true for older objects). The Meadows continues to conduct diligent research on its collections in order to maintain the highest level of transparency and clarity; additional information will be added to the website as it becomes available.
Provenance information for a select number of artworks from the Meadows collection is currently available on this website, accessible through a link under each object’s entry. In researching and compiling provenance for works in the collection, the Meadows Museum has followed guidelines issued by the American Association of Museums and the Association of Art Museum Directors. Ownership of each object is listed in chronological order from earliest-known to latest owner. If known, life dates of owners are listed in brackets. Dealers, auction houses, and agents are enclosed in parentheses in order to distinguish them from private collectors. Relationships between owners and methods of transaction are indicated by punctuation: a semicolon is used to indicate that the work passed directly between two owners (including dealers, auction houses, or agents), and a period is used to separate two owners (including dealers, auction houses, or agents) if a direct transfer did not occur or is not known to have occurred. Footnotes are used to clarify information.
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LOCATION: Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, TX 75205
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