News

Nach Krieg verlorenes Gemälde kehrt aus USA nach Schwerin zurück - Painting lost during the war returns from US to Schwerin
T-Online 12 September 2014
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Nazi looted art could be in Australia, says report
Brisbane Times 11 September 2014
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Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe sucht nach Nazi-Raubkunst - Museum for Applied Arts searches for Nazi-looted art
Hamburger Abendblatt 11 September 2014
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Provenienzforschung ist "eine Aufgabe von Generationen" - Provenance research is a 'task for generations'
Deutschlandradio Kultur 11 September 2014
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Glass Half Full or Half Empty? Detailed Report Published on Worldwide Efforts to Restitute Nazi-Looted Art Since the 1998 Washington Conference
Art Law Report 11 September 2014
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Heiress might sell Klimt painting in looted art dispute
Reuters 11 September 2014
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Raubkunst-Zentrum kann noch dieses Jahr starten - Centre for Looted Art could be opened this year
Die Welt 10 September 2014
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Lax Efforts on Wartime Looted Art Criticized in New Report
New York Times 10 September 2014
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"Bildnis Gertrud Loew" ist Raubkunst - "Portrait of Getrud Loew" is looted art
Der Kurier 10 September 2014
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Bausback pocht auf Gesetzesvorschlag zu Nazi-Raubkunst - Bausback insists on legislative proposal regarding Nazi-looted art
Schwäbische Zeitung 8 September 2014
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Heirs send Nazi-era looted art to auction in Berlin
The Art Newspaper 8 September 2014
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Monet Found In German Suitcase Part Of Nazi Loot
Forbes 7 September 2014
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Interview: Raimund Stecker: Fall Gurlitt bleibt Lehrstück über den Tod hinaus - Interview: Raimund Stecker: Gurlitt case remains a didactic play even beyond death
Rheinische Post 7 September
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Possible Monet Found in German Collector Cornelius Gurlitt's Suitcase. Landscape on Paper Was Found in a Suitcase Gurlitt Took to a Hospital Before Dying
Wall Street Journal 5 September 2014
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Claude Monet landscape painting discovered in art hoard in Germany
The Guardian 5 September 2014
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Cornelius Gurlitt: Monet found in art hoarder's suitcase
BBC 5 September 2014
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Umstrittener Kunstsammler - Gurlitt hatte noch einen Monet im Koffer - Controversial art collector - Gurlitt had a Monet in his suitcase
Handelsblatt 5 September 2014
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Gurlitt hatte noch einen Monet im Koffer - Gurlitt had another Monet in his suitcase
Die Welt 5 September 2014
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Monet immer mit dabei - Monet always with him
Die Tageszeitung 5 September 2014
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A chronicle of efforts to trace antiquities looted in WWII
Ekathimerini 4 September 2014
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Websites and Resources

Dutch Museums' Provenance Research
Results of 'Museum Acquisitions from 1933' project showing 41 Dutch museums are in possession of at least 139 items with 'problematic' origins.
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Swiss Looted Art Portal
Opened in June 2013, this government-run site provides details of museums' provenance research, advice on making enquiries, research and claims and links to relevant databases and archives in Switzerland and beyond.
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WGA-Files - Akten der Wieder- gutmachungsämter von Berlin - Case Records of the Berlin Restitution Offices
Digitised restitution case records of the Berlin Restitution Offices held in the Landesarchiv Berlin, consisting of the record group B Rep 025, Wiedergutmachungsämter von Berlin, containing more than 800,000 files.
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European Sales Catalogues 1930-1945 Heidelberg University
3,000 digitised auction catalogues including both German-speaking countries and the countries of occupied Europe - Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland - and including every genre of cultural object, from paintings to tapestries to silver and books. Provides the entire texts of auction catalogues. Searchable by auction house, artist, work of art, etc.
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German Sales Catalogs 1930–1945 at the Getty
More than 2,000 German language sales catalogues published between 1930 and 1945 including more than 230,000 individual auction sales records for paintings, sculptures, and drawings only. Searchable by artist name and nationality, lot title, buyer or seller’s name, city in which the sale occurred, type of subject matter and other fields. Provides only individual lot details, and links to Heidelberg for the full catalogue.  
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Hermann Goering Collection
Contains 4,263 paintings, sculptures, furniture, tapestries and other art objects, purchased or acquired from confiscated property, many available for restitution today.
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International Research Portal for Records Related to Nazi-Era Cultural Property
The Portal provides for the first time digital access to millions of cultural property records from the National Archives of the US, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, France and other archival sources.  
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Conferences and Events

Raubkunst? Provenienzforschung zu den Sammlungen des MKG, Exhibition, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, 12 September - 1 November 2014

For further information on the special exhibition click here.

Looted Art and Restitution in the Twentieth Century: Europe in Transnational and Global Perspective, Conference, Newnham College, Cambridge, 18 - 20 September 2014

For additional information on the conference and to register, click here. For the full conference programme, click here.

60th Anniversary of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, Meeting, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, 19 September 2014

Hosted by the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield and the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. For the meeting programme, click here.

Markt und Macht. Der Kunsthandel im »Dritten Reich« - Market and Might. The Business of Art in the »Third Reich«, University of Hamburg, 9 October 2014

Seminar hosted by the Warburg-Kolleg in collaboration with Getty Research Institute. For the programme, click here.

L'art dégénéré selon Hitler - Degenerate Art According to Hitler, Exhibition, Cité Miroir Liège, 16 October 2014 - 29 March 2015

Organised by La Ville de Liège, Les Musées de Liège, l’Université de Liège, MNEMA and Les Territoires de la Mémoire. For full details on the exhibition click here. For further information on the the Université de Liège website click here.

Kunstraub | Raubkunst, Exhibition, Galerie Alte & Neue Meister, Schwerin, 24 October 2014 - 1 February 2015

For additional information on the conference, click here.

Art Law Day, New York University Kimmel Center, 7 November 2014

Organised by the Appraisers Association of America. For the conference programme, click here. To register for the event, click here.

Dispossession: Plundering German Jewry, 1933-1945 and Beyond, Conference, Boston University, 9-11 November 2014

To read about the conference's aim and focus, click here.

Looted - Recovered: Cultural Goods - The Case of Poland, International Specialist Conference, Cracow, 12 -14 November 2014

Organised by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the International Cultural Centre. For further information and to register, click here. For the preliminary programme, click here.

Publications

Holocaust-Era Looted Art: A Current World-Wide Overview
September 2014
Dr Wesley A. Fisher and Dr Ruth Weinberger. Report by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and World Jewish Restitution Organization
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Provenance Research in American Institutions
August 2014
Jane C. Milosch, Lynn H. Nicholas and Megan M. Fontanella (guest editors). A series of essays by American experts, including Nancy Yeide, Christian Huemer and Laurie Stein. 
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NS-Raubkunst auf der Spur: Provenienzforschung an der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek
July 2014
Susanne Wanninger and Dr Stephan Kellner. A review of provenance research conducted at the Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library) since 2003.
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The Vienna Archives: Musical Expropriation During the Nazi Era and 21st Century Ramifications
June 2014
Dr Carla J. Shapreau. A study on the displacement and loss of musical instruments and associated items in Austria during the Nazi-era.
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Der Fall Gurlitt
April 2014
Stefan Koldehoff, Ralf Oehmke and Raimund Stecker .
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Archivist Monuments Man: Lester K. Born
April 2014
Dr Greg Bradsher. The next installment in an ongoing series of posts on real-life Monuments Men.
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Die Bilder sind unter uns. Das Geschäft mit der NS-Raubkunst und der Fall Gurlitt
April 2014
Stefan Koldehoff. An updated and revised version of Stefan Koldehoff's 2009 book with a new chapter on the Gurlitt case.
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Monuments Men Records at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland
March 2014
Dr Greg Bradsher and Dr Sylvia Naylor.
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Ravaged. Art and Culture in Times of Conflict
March 2014
Jo Tollebeek and Eline van Assche (eds.). A publication accompanying the exhibition Ravaged at the M - Museum Leuven.
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Reviewing the Agudas Chasidei Chabad v. Russian Federation, et al. Dispute
March 2014
Irina Tarsis and Elizabeth Varner.
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Spurensuche: Silber aus ehemals jüdischem Besitz im Sammlungsbestand des Münchner Stadtmuseums
March 2014
Vanessa Voigt. A review of silver objects formerly in Jewish ownership in the holdings of the Münchner Stadtmuseums
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The Loss of French Musical Property During World War II: Post-War Repatriations, Restitutions, and 21st Century Ramifications
January 2014
Carla Shapreau. The nature and scope of French music-related losses during the Nazi era, the status of post-war recoveries, and what remains missing today.
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Der NS-verfolgungsbedingte Entzug von Kunstwerken und deren Restitution
January 2014
Leonie Schwarzmeier. A legal history study of the Nazi expropriation of art work and its restutition.
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Chabad Sacred Texts, Russian-American Art Loans and a Tall Ship named 'Hope': Beyond Cold War over a Restitution Claim?
December 2013
Patricia Kennedy Grimsted. On the claim for the Schneersohn ‘Library’ and ‘Archive’ pending in the US courts.
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Livres pillés, lectures surveillées: Les bibliothèques françaises sous l'Occupation
November 2013
Martine Poulain. An updated and revised version of Martine Poulain's 2008 book.
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Zwischen Politik und Kunst: Die Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus.
October 2013
Jörn Grabowski, Petra Winter (eds). Between Politics and Art: The State Museums of Berlin in the Time of National Socialism
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Monuments Men and Nazi Treasures
October 2013
Dr Greg Bradsher. On the myriad problems faced by US Occupation Forces in sorting out the riches hidden by the Third Reich.  
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Welcome to lootedart.com

This site contains two fully searchable databases.

The Information Database contains information and documentation from forty nine countries, including laws and policies, reports and publications, archival records and resources, current cases and relevant websites.

The Object Database contains details of over 25,000 objects of all kinds – paintings, drawings, antiquities, Judaica, etc – looted, missing and/or identified from over fifteen countries.

For a list of Essential Website Links, showing all key research sites and resources,click here.

For details of international resources, see below, Online Resources and Case News.

For the full range of developments on the Gurlitt case since the news broke on 3 November, excluding what is on the homepage, click here. For all news stories, see the News Archive. For all other materials, including ALIU reports, etc, search 'Gurlitt'.

To subscribe to our looted art newsletter, click here.

NEW

Report ‘Holocaust-Era Looted Art: A Current World-Wide Overview’ by the Claims Conference and World Jewish Restitution Organization

11 September 2014: A survey of 50 countries by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) and the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) shows that two-thirds of the nations that endorsed the 1998 Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art and the 2009 Terezin Declaration have done little or nothing to implement their commitments with regard to research and restitution of Nazi-era looted art. Countries that came in for most criticism include Argentina, Brazil, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.  


According to the report, art and Judaica looted by the Nazis from Jews is still largely unidentified. The authors call for the creation of an International Association of Provenance Researchers "to guide museums toward more actively and professionally investigating the histories of items in their collections".


To read the abstract of the report, click here. To read the full report, click here.

National Archives and Records Administration Records Available for Free on Fold3

The records of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) are available through the International Research Portal on their website (Holocaust Era Assets records) are now a free collection on the online database Fold3. To access the records, register for a free Fold3 member account.

 

To read more about the NARA records available on Fold3, click here.

Task Force Announces Discovery of Landscape Picture by Claude Monet in the Estate of Cornelius Gurlitt

5 September 2014: The Schwabing Art Trove Task Force announced that a work on paper by French artist Claude Monet was discovered in a suitcase owned by Cornelius Gurlitt. The suitcase was discovered at the hospital where Mr Gurlitt spent his last days. The work appears to depict the motif 'Vue de Sainte-Andresse' and may date to 1864.  The Task Force will research the painting to determine if it is Nazi-looted art. The work will be published on Lostart.de as well. To read the German press release, click here.

Information on Forced Sales of Mosse Family Art Collection Available on www.lootedart.com

 

 

Rudolf Mosse was a philanthropist, advertising pioneer and the founder of the well-known Verlag Rudolf Mosse, a publishing house in Berlin, which, among other periodicals, published the Berliner Tageblatt. Following Rudolf’s death in 1920, Hans Lachmann-Mosse became the successor to the family’s business interests. Both Rudolf and his son-in-law Hans assembled significant art collections.

 

Following the Nazi rise to power in 1933, Hans Lachmann-Mosse and his family fled Germany. The same year the family’s assets were seized in Berlin and elsewhere by the Nazi government.

 

In 1934, parts of the Mosse family art collections were sold under duress at two auctions in Berlin, one at Rudolf Lepke’s Kunst-Auctions-Haus on 29-30 May 1934 and one at Auktions-Haus Union on 6-7 June 1934. Both auctions were organised by Karl Haberstock.

 

The full contents of the catalogues of both auctions have been made available in both German and English through the Object Database of the Central Registry of Information on Looted Cultural Property 1933 - 1945.

German Limbach Commission recommends that Corinth painting should not be returned

21 August 2014: The Limbach Commission has published its recommendation regarding the painting “Three Graces” by Lovis Corinth currently in the collection of the Bavarian State Paintings Collection. While the expert panel recognized that the painting's previous owner, Jewish industrialist Clara Levy, was a victim of Nazi-persecution, they held that the painting was legally shipped to New York by Levy's daughter-in-law in early 1940. Following this, it changed ownership several times before it returned to Germany after the war.

 

To read the full decision in German, click here.

Schwabing Art Trove Task Force Press Release on Liebermann "Two Riders on the Beach" from Gurlitt Collection

18 August 2014: The Schwabing Art Trove Task Force issued a press release stating that they classify the 1901 Max Liebermann "Two Riders on the Beach" as Nazi looted art. It was lost by David Friedmann as a result of  the Nazi era and the work should therefore be returned to his heirs. The role of the Task Force for this work is now concluded and it is up to Cornelius Gurlitt's legal heirs to decide on further action. To read the German press release, click here.

“Tainted Trove: Gurlitt’s Hidden Collection” 30 August 2014 at 7 p.m. ET on Ovation

This episode of the six-part series Raiders of the Lost Art discusses the discovery of a large collection of missing masterpieces in the home of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of the Nazi-era art dealer, Hildebrand Gurlitt. Commissioned by the Third Reich, his father collected art for Hitler’s Fuhrermuseum and managed to save the modern art works the Nazis deemed “degenerate.” The episode explores how Hildebrand Gurlitt acquired works by Matisse and Picasso and kept them hidden from the world for more than a half century. Further information can be found here.

More Works from the Munich Estate of Cornelius Gurlitt Handed Over to the Schwabing Art Trove Task Force for Research

24 July 2014: The Schwabing Art Trove Task Force released a statement that additional works of art, one painting and an unspecified number of sculptures, had been found in the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt. Initial examinations indicate that one sculpture is likely by Edgar Degas and another could be by Auguste Rodin. The works were first turned over to the Munich Probate Court. The court-appointed administrator of the Gurlitt estate in turn asked the Task Force to review the works for Nazi looted art.

 

Head of the Task Force Ingeborg Berggreen-Merkel stated that, following an investigation, all newly discovered works will be posted on the database Lostart.de as quickly as possible.

 

To read the press release in German, click here.

Provenance Research: Nazi Looted Art in German Museums Broadcast on Deutschlandfunk

30 July 2014: Experts discussed the implications of the Gurlitt Case for the field of looted art and restitution, including the possible future role of the proposed Bavarian ‘Lex Gurlitt’.

 

The broadcast can be accessed here.  

Münchner Stadtmuseum Researches and Publishes Silver Objects from Former Jewish Ownership

 

 

In September 2011 the Münchner Stadtmuseum, the largest municipal museum in Germany, both in terms of its physical magnitude and the scope of its collections, initiated a joint research project with the Berlin Arbeitsstelle für Provenienzforschung to systematically research its collection to identify potentially Nazi-looted objects. The project covered any objects that the museum had acquired between 1933 and 1945. Among the 20,000 objects which the museum acquired during that period,  205 silver objects were identified. All 205 objects originated from Jewish families who were forced to hand over these objects to the municipal pawn office in Munich, from which the municipal museum then acquired the items. After 1945, 57 of these objects were claimed and were restituted to the original owners or their families. The remaining 148 objects remained in the museum and were the subject of this research project. 

 

A total of 66 inventoried items were published by the museum. The book, Spurensuche: Silber aus ehemals jüdischem Besitz im Sammlungsbestand des Münchner Stadtmuseums, contains images of the objects and samples of the museum's related inventory cards. Please click here for further information on the publication.

 

All but three objects listed in the book are also listed on Lostart.de. Click here for the entries on Lostart.de.

Koenigs collection Kiev claim rejected

23 June 2014: The Dutch Restitutions Committee has advised Minister of Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker to reject a claim to a part of the Koenigs collection which was returned from Kiev, Ukraine, in 2004. This advice has been accepted.

 

The advice issued on 14 April 2014 concerns 139 drawings and three etchings from the pre-war art collection of the banker Franz Wilhelm Koenigs. The artworks were returned from Kiev, Ukraine, to the Netherlands in 2004 and are currently part of the Dutch National Art Collection (NK collection). They are in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam on long-term loan.

 

Franz Koenigs was a German-born banker who settled in Haarlem in the nineteen-twenties and was later granted Dutch nationality. He built up an important art collection in the Netherlands. In 2005 a granddaughter of Franz Koenigs submitted an application for the restitution of the 142 works.

 

According to the Committee it has not been made sufficiently plausible that Franz Koenigs's loss of possession is directly related to the Nazi regime. In this regard it has judged that the transfer on 2 April 1940, in other words before the German invasion, by Franz Koenigs (who was not Jewish) of his collection to the bank, established in the Netherlands, to which he owed a debt that had become payable is of prime importance. The artworks did not get into the hands of the Nazis until after this transfer and after a subsequent sale to a Dutch buyer.

 

The full text of the Restitutions Committee's recommendation can be read here.

 

The Koenigs claimants have issued their own press release in response to the decision. To see the press release, click here.

 

Table of Gurlitt Works of Art posted on www.lootedart.com

12 September 2014: The German Task Force ceased publication of works from the Cornelius Gurlitt collection on 15 January 2014. 458 works of art were published only, of a total of over 1,650, despite a commitment by the Task Force to publish all works. Neither the extra works found in Gurlitt's apartment announced in the press on 24 July, which consisted of sculptures by Auguste Rodin and Edgar Degas and one painting, nor the work on paper by Claude Monet found in his suitcase at the hospital announced on 5 September have been published on Lostart.de, though the Task Force promised to do so in the respective press releases announcing those discoveries. Although Cornelius Gurlitt died on 6 May 2014, the remit of the Task Force remains in force.

 

Of the 458 works published, 407 are works on paper from artists including Cézanne, Corot, Daumier, Delacroix, Dürer, Gauguin, Guardi, Harunobu, Hokusai, Ingres, Liebermann, Michel, Millet, Munch, Rembrandt and Toulouse-Lautrec. 51 are oil paintings, by artists such as Achenbach, Courbet, Dix, Forain, Heem, Hildebrandt, Huysum, Liebermann, Marstrand, Matisse, Monticelli, Nickelen, Prudhon, Rayski, Renoir, Rousseau, Spranger, Treu, van de Velde, Vernet and Ziem.

 

In order to assist families searching for their lost works of art, we have created a table of all the works posted in alphabetical order by artist, with all provenance information available, and a link to the image. The table is entirely searchable - see sample below. Please click here to see the entire list of works published to date. The table is updated with each new posting on lostart.

Sample of Table:

Artist

Title and medium
Provenance
Boudin, Eugène
Entry on Lostart.de click here
Gesellschaft am Strand
(Company on the beach)
Watercolour

 

Reverse: Exhibited in Werke der frz. Malerei u. Grafik des 19. Jh. catalogue nr. 4, as ‘Gesellschaft am Strand’, at Villa Hügel, Essen 1954 (Museum Folkwang Essen)
Delacroix, Eugéne
Entry on Lostart.de click here
Löwin
(Lioness)
Drawing
Reverse: Exhibited in Werke frz. Malerei und Grafik des 19. Jh. catalogue nr. 40, as 'Löwin', at Villa Hügel, Essen 1954 (Museum Folkwang, Essen)

 

Gurlitt Case

For the full range of developments on the Gurlitt case since the news broke on 3 November, excluding what is on the homepage, but including government press releases, Allied documents 1945-1950, the text of the proposed Lex Gurlitt, etc, click here. For all news stories, see the News Archive. For all other materials, including ALIU reports, etc, search 'Gurlitt'.

Online Resources and Case News
Country-specific information is available on this site for 48 countries, from Albania to Yugoslavia, in the Information by Country section. Details of important, non country-specific, online resources are available in the International section of the site which contains several categories of information.  For example: 

Case News: provides details of claims and cases ruled on or settled outside the courts with copies of reports and rulings. Full details of a comprehensive range of cases can be found in the News Archive, which is fully searchable by name of family, artwork, museum, city, etc.


Lawsuits
: provides details of claims and cases ruled on or being settled in court with copies of court filings and judgements.

Research Resources: provides details of family records, tracing services, art historical resources, texts of post-war reports, and books and publications.

Web Resources: provides details of various online databases of looted paintings, results of provenance research in countries around the world, archival records available online and other research materials.

Seeking Owners of Identified Looted Property: provides lists of names of individuals whose looted property has been identified in institutions in Germany and whose heirs are being sought. 

Other categories of information include Governmental Conferences and Hearings, Laws, Policies and Guidelines, Art Trade, and Press, Television, Radio and Film.  To explore all these sections, click here.

The site is regularly updated with new resources and developments.  To provide details of resources or cases to add to the site, please email info@lootedart.com.

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