Project for a catalogue raisonné


In the course of his 50-year career as an artist, Oskar Moll made some 800 paintings, water-colours, drawings and lithographs. The Nazi dictatorship probably decimated his œuvre to around 600 works – at least, this is the impression given by the commendable  first catalogue published in 1975 by Dorothea and Siegfried Salzmann. The texts, illustrations and particularly the catalogue of works make this volume more than simply a stopgap and a collage of available material.

The last retrospective of the artist's work, shown in Mainz, Wuppertal and Wrocław (Breslau) in 1998/98, not only gave an interesting view of individual aspects of his life and work, but also offered new discoveries.

Oskar Moll's contribution to the Classical Modern movement, as an artist in both France and Germany, has not yet been exhaustively documented. By agreement with Oskar Moll's heirs, a catalogue raisonné is to be drawn up, classifying his œuvre into the following techniques:

Painting
Water-colour with gouache
Drawing and collage
Prints
Handcrafts

The technical data in the 1975 Salzmann catalogue will be critically examined, losses reconstructed, and rediscovered works included. A list of false attributions and forgeries will also be drawn up, as far as these can be verified. >>news

In a second stage, the updated catalogue of works will be furnished with documentation of provenance, literary references and exhibitions. The long-term aim is to make this critical catalogue raisonné available as a database online, to place it in the global network in order to keep it permanently updated through additions and improvements.

During his lifetime, Oskar Moll sold his works mostly privately, without keeping detailed records. Sales exhibitions since his death have been documented in catalogues which give only very vague technical details.

Conventional research is complicated by the regrettable fact that the whereabouts and the owners of 50% of some 800 works established to date are unknown, 30% have been traced to well-known collections, and 20% are on show in museums.

We would ask museums, galleries, auction houses and private collectors in Germany and abroad to send us any information, if they have not done so since 2006.
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