Nineteenth-century French painting is one of the strengths of the collection of the Kunsthalle Bremen. Works by Eugène Delacroix, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh were acquired in the early twentieth century under the museum’s first director Gustav Pauli.
As part of a project funded by the Getty Foundation, a catalogue of this important aspect of the collection by Dorothee Hansen and Henrike Holsing was published in August 2011.
The Kunsthalle possesses an extensive collection of regional painting from 1800 to 1950. It consists of 160 works by artists who were born, worked or died in the city. From 2008 to 2011 these paintings were examined in a research project facilitated by the Nicolaus Heinrich Schilling Foundation.
Since December 2010 the Centre for Provenance Research in Berlin has been supporting a provenance research project at the Kunsthalle Bremen. During the period of National Socialism and well into the post-war years the Kunsthalle Bremen acquired numerous artworks, some of them particularly valuable, from the collectors and dealers Arnold Blome (1894–1972), Heinrich Glosemeyer (1896–1969) and Dr Hugo Oelze (1892–1967). The objective of this research project is to establish a transparent chain of ownership from 1933 for every work of art in the three collections in order to establish whether they include artworks that were wrongfully expropriated under National Socialism or had to be sold under political pressure.