Girl with Parrot

Gensler, Jakob (1808-1845) | Artist/Maker

The reverse of the “Girl with Parrot” holds various clues to its origins. Among other things, there is a stamp in the shape of a flower; a mark used by the collector Carl Heumann. This Chemnitz banker assembled an important collection of German and Austrian drawings from the 18th and 19th centuries. In the early 1930s, they were displayed at numerous exhibitions in locations such as Chemnitz, Dresden and Berlin.

Heumann, who was of Jewish origin, was initially able to look after and expand his collection during the Nazi era. The works stayed out of the grasp of the Nazi authorities thanks to his marriage to a non-Jewish woman, and supporters in his adopted home of Chemnitz. When Irmgard Heumann died in early 1944, that protection disappeared. It was then that this piece was delivered to the Boerner antiquarian art dealership in Leipzig, where it was purchased for the “Führermuseum” along with two other drawings. Subsequently, the number Z. 44/272 was added on the reverse, as can still be seen today. In 2020, the piece was restituted to the Heumann family.

Material & Technique
Oil on paper
Inventory number
C 1944-52 rest.