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Table of Gurlitt Works of Art Posted on www.lootedart.com
4 December 2013: 311 works of art have been posted on lostart.de to date. They are posted in no clear order, are not searchable except by searching the entire lostart database, and the information in English is only an abbreviated version of that provided in German.
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 will be updated with each new posting on lostart.Sample of Table:
Title and medium
Entry on Lostart.de click here
|Gesellschaft am Strand
(Company on the beach)
|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)
Entry on Lostart.de click here
|Reverse: Exhibited in Werke frz. Malerei und Grafik des 19. Jh. catalogue nr. 40, as 'Löwin', at Villa Hügel, Essen 1954 (Museum Folkwang, Essen)
German Press Releases on the Gurlitt Hoard
The German authorities have issued a number of press releases since the Gurlitt story broke. They are listed below and can be read by clicking on the date of each.25 November 2013
, Berlin, Pressemitteilung der Taskforce „Schwabinger Kunstfund“ 21 November 2013
, Berlin, Pressemitteilung der Taskforce „Schwabinger Kunstfund“ Dr. Ingeborg Berggreen-Merkel 19 November 2013
, Augsburg, Presseerklärung zum Umgang mit dem sog. "Schwabinger Kunstfund“ Der Leitende Oberstaatsanwalt in Augsburg 14 November 2013
, Berlin, Pressemitteilung der Taskforce „Schwabinger Kunstfund“, Dr. Ingeborg Berggreen-Merkel 11 November 2013
, Berlin, Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums der Justiz, des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst, des Bundesministeriums für Finanzen und des Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien
Hildebrand Gurlitt: Allied Interrogation June 1945; List of Artworks in his Collection returned to him by the Allies in 1950 and the Related Documentation
To read these documents, including Gurlitt's sworn statement of 8-10 June 1945, witness statements submitted in 1950 in support of his application to have his art collection returned, and his annotated list of the works of art in his collection, click here
Analysis of the 139 'problematic' items discovered by the Dutch Museums
As was announced on 29 November 2013, 41 Dutch museums are in possession of at least 139 items with 'problematic' origins. Of these, the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum have 9 and 11 problematic items respectively, and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague 19. 61 items were flagged because 'of the name of the owners, and most of these 61 items belonged to Jews'.
Analysis shows the following:
6 paintings and 12 drawings come from the Goudstikker Collectio
n. Of the twelve drawings, a series by Jan Toorop, six are in the Gemeentemuseum and six in the Stedelijk. All were bought at Muller Amsterdam in 1940 at the sale of seized Goudstikker works;
7 majolica items come from the Pringsheim Collectio
n, all acquired from a Dutch collector in 1948 who had acquired them at the London sale of the seized collection in 1939;
2 paintings and 4 decorative objects come from the Larsen Collection
and all are in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum. The four decorative objects were on loan from the family and taken by the museum in 1942 when the collection was declared 'enemy property' . The two paintings have also been in the museum since 1942 'by unknown means';
4 decorative items come from the Emma Budge Collection
. Two are at the Gemeentemuseum which acquired them at the forced sale of the collection in Berlin in 1937.
That is, 25% of the items 'discovered' came from collections well known to have been looted, some of which were already identified by the Dutch museums in 1999 but not returned.
The provenances of the 139 items reveal that Dutch museums were acquiring works known to have been confiscated both throughout the war and thereafter even when the provenance of the items was obviously problematic. As late as 2002 the Dordrecht Museum bought a work of art which came from the confiscated Hedeman Collection
with a label on the back showing it to have been seized in Holland.
The site publishes the objects only in Dutch at http://www.musealeverwervingen.nl/46/objecten/
. There will not be an English translation until 2014.
London's National Gallery 'Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900' 9 October 2013 - 12 January 2014
The National Gallery (NG) exhibition has reopened the claims for Klimt's Portrait of Amalie Zuckerkandl which the Austrians turned down in 2006 and 2008. But what of the other works of art in the exhibition? Of the 38 works borrowed from outside the UK for the exhibition, 13 have no complete or sure provenance for the years 1933-1945. The NG states of these that they have "been checked on the Art Loss Register and [are] not registered as being stolen or missing". However, according to the NG's guidelines for loans
, this is not sufficient to enable borrowing to take place. The guidelines state that UK national museums must ensure that the lender has good title; that they have taken reasonable steps to satisfy themselves that the object has not been wrongfully taken without restitution having taken place subsequently; they must seek from the lender the fullest possible information with regard to provenance including for the years 1933-45; and a check should be made with the Art Loss Register and/or other appropriate databases of missing works of art/claimants. Only if there is no evidence of wrongful taking can the loan proceed.
The works in question are the following:
- Klimt 'Study for the Portrait of Amalie Zuckerkandl' 1913-4 (Albertina Museum Vienna)
- Kokoschka 'Portrait of Hugo Schmidt' 1911 (private collection)
- Gerstl 'Portrait of Alexander von Zemlinsky' 1908 (Kunsthaus Zug)
- Gerstl 'Portrait of Mathilde Schönberg in the Studio' after February 1908 (Kunsthaus Zug)
- Klimt 'Young Girl, Seated' 1894 (Leopold Museum Vienna)
- Von Gütersloh 'Portrait of a Woman' 1914 (Leopold Museum Vienna)
- Schiele 'Portrait of Edith Schiele, dying' 1918 (Leopold Museum Vienna)
- Schiele 'Self Portrait with Raised Bare Shoulder' 1912 (Leopold Museum Vienna)
- Kokoschka 'Portrait of Carl Leo Schmidt' 1911 (Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Madrid)
- Kokoschka 'Portrait of Max Schmidt' 1914 (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Madrid)
- Canon 'Girl with Parrot' 1876 (Belvedere Gallery Vienna)
- Gerstl's 'Portrait of Lieutenant Alois Gerstl' 1907, borrowed from the Leopold Museum, has what the NG states to be a complete provenance for 1933-1945, but which is recorded as only a hyphothesis. The same is the case for Gerstl's 'Nude Self Portrait with Palette' 1908, also from the Leopold Museum Vienna.
To read the provenances, click here
For documentation on the claim for Portrait of Amalie Zuckerkandl, see:
Online Resources and Case News
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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
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: provides lists of names of individuals whose looted property has been identified in institutions in Germany and whose heirs are being sought.
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