Monday, November 4, 2013

Authorities Discover Trove of Paintings Looted by the Nazis

Apparently the cache was not spirited away on a U-Boat as fans of White Collar might have hoped. From the Daily Mail:

A remarkable secret trove of paintings worth nearly £1billion, seized by the Nazis in the 1930s and thought to have been destroyed in the war, has been found – hidden behind tins of rotting food in a shabby flat. 
The 1,500 works by such masters as Picasso, Renoir, Matisse and Chagall were said to have been lost to the flames when Allied aircraft bombed Dresden in 1945. 
... The works – sketches, oil paintings, charcoals, lithographs and watercolours – have not been publicly identified by investigators, who are working to reunite them with the families of their rightful owners. 
But one painting is known to have been The Lion Tamer, by German artist Max Beckmann. Cornelius sold it through an auction house for nearly £750,000 shortly before the collection was seized. 
Another is a portrait of a woman by the French master Matisse that belonged to the Jewish connoisseur Paul Rosenberg. 
... Other works discovered in the flat in the Munich suburb of Schwabing are by noted artists such as Paul Klee, Emil Nolde, Franz Marc, Otto Dix, Oskar Kokoschka, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Max Liebermann.
 Read the whole thing. It is interesting how the "collector" was caught.

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