Mosse-Erben fordern Raubkunst-Rückgabe - Mosse heirs demand restitution of looted art
Berliner Zeitung 21 July 2014
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Augsburger sucht Nazi-Raubkunst - Augsburg man investigates Nazi looted art
Augsburger Allgemeine 19 July 2014
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Raubkunst-Erlöse für Überlebende - Looted art proceeds for survivors
Jüdische Allgemeine 17 July 2014
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Spanish Museum Urged to Release Nazi-Looted Pissarro
Artnet News 15 July 2014
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Art Law Report Post on Lauder Stolen Art Editorial Ruffles Feathers, Criticism Ultimately Concerns Different (but Important) Issue
Art Law Report 14 July 2014
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Eine Bergpredigt ohne Moral - A sermon without morals
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 13 July 2014
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Outgunned in the Search for Stolen Art
Newsweek 12 July 2014
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Nicholas O’Donnell’s article on Ronald Lauder’s Editorial on Stolen Art and Museums Fails the Common Sense Test
The Ciric Law Firm 12 July 2014
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Die Bergpredigt aus Zelle 6 - The Sermon on the Mount from Cell 6
Süddeutsche Zeitung 11 July 2014
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Bei Verdacht wird intensiv nach den Erben gesucht - In the case of suspicion, heirs will be searched for intensively
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 11 July 2014
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World Jewish Congress - Ronald Lauder urges Spanish museum to return looted painting to Jewish owners
World Jewish Congress 11 July 2014
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Spoliations: le Kunstmuseum de Berne hésite à accepter la donation Gurlitt
Exponaute 8 July 2014
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Detektiv im eigenen Haus - In-house detective
Tagesspiegel 8 July 2014
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Die Lehren Gurlitts - The Gurlitt Lessons
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 7 July 2014
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Berlin will NS-Geschichte von über 60 Bildern klären - Berlin wants to clarify the Nazi-era history of over 60 paintings
Tagesspiegel 7 July 2014
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Gurlitt: Schweizer Museum lässt Erbe prüfen - Gurlitt: Swiss museum gets expert opinion on bequest
Kurier 4 July 2014
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Der Nazi-Karrierist Walter Neulings: Doppelter Kunstraub - The Career Nazi Walter Neulings: Double Art Theft
Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten 4 July 2014
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Linz restituiert Emil Noldes „Maiwiese“ - Linz restitutes Emil Nolde's 'Meadow in May'
Der Standard 3 July 2014
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"The Gurlitt Case - An Inside View From Christopher A. Marinello, Lawyer and Representative for the Heirs of Paul Rosenberg" presented at ARCA's Sixth Annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference on June 28
ARCA Blog 3 July 2014
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Bavarian State Paintings Collection in the News Again, May Face Claims from Eva Braun Heirs
Art Law Report 2 July 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

Art in Battle, Conference, KODE 4, Bergen, 14 - 16 August 2014

Organised by KODE and the “Modernism and Christianity” project, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen. For the conference programme and details, click here.

Fluchtgut: Geschichte, Recht und Moral (Flight Assets: History, Law, Morality), International Conference, Museum Oskar Reinhart, Winterthur, 28 August 2014

Organised by the Museum director Dr Marc Fehlmann as part of the forthcoming exhibition 'Max Liebermann and Switzerland'.

Looted Art & Restitution in 20th Century, Conference, Newnham College, Cambridge, September 18 - 20, 2014

Looted Art and Restitution in the Twentieth Century: Europe in transnational and global perspective.

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.

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. Save the Date - more details to follow. To see the pdf issued, please click here.


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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Provenance Research in American Institutions
June 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 to be published in June.
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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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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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Mission Michelangelo. Wie die Bergleute von Altaussee Hitlers Raubkunst vor der Vernichtung retteten
September 2013
Konrad Kramar. Mission Michelangelo: How the Miners of Altaussee Saved the Art Looted by HItler from Destruction.
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Returned from Russia: Nazi Archival Plunder in Western Europe and Recent Restitution Issues
September 2013
edited by Patricia Kennedy Grimsted, F.J. Hoogewoud and Eric Ketelaar.
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Welcome to

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.


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.


UK Spoliation Panel agrees return of the Biccherna Panel from the British Library

After careful consideration, the Spoliation Advisory Panel’s opinion was that the just and fair resolution of the claim is the transfer of the Biccherna Panel by the British Library Board to the Claimants in accordance with the provisions of the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act 2009.


The Panel concluded that the Biccherna Panel formed part of an inventory owned by a Munich art gallery, of which the Claimants are the surviving heirs of the Jewish shareholders, and that the sale of the Gallery’s contents in 1936 by the Aryanised Berlin auction house of Paul Graupe in response to an extortionate tax demand, constituted a forced sale. To read the full report, click here.

UK Spoliation Panel agrees return of three Meissen figures from the Victoria and Albert Museum to the Estate of Emma Budge

The Spoliation Advisory Panel found that, following the death of Mrs Budge in 1937, her art collection was sold by the Aryanised Jewish auction house of Paul Graupe and her family was deprived of the proceeds of the sale.


The Panel’s recommendation is that the Victoria and Albert Museum should offer to return the figures to the Estate of Mrs Budge, given the circumstances of their loss. However, given that Mrs Budge expressed a wish that, following her death, some or all of her art collection should go to museums in Germany or abroad, the Panel has invited the Executor of the Estate to consider whether it would be appropriate for one of the Meissen figures to remain in the possession of the Victoria and Albert Museum. To read the full report, click here.

Arbeitsstelle für Provenienzforschung in Berlin supports 20 research projects on Nazi-looted art in German museums, libraries and archives

The Arbeitsstelle für Provenienzforschung in Berlin (AfP) granted the support for 20 research projects to identify Nazi-looted art in German museums, libraries and archives with funding totalling circa 2 million Euros at their meeting on 27 May 2014. Since its foundation in 2008, the AfP has supported the research of more than 90,000 works of art and cultural objects in 71 museums and over half a million books and prints in 22 libraries.


The following institutions will be supported to further their provenance research:

  1. Bayerische Staatsbibliothek,München
  2. Freie Universität Berlin –Universitätsbibliothek
  3. Germanisches Nationalmuseum,Nürnberg
  4. Hamburger Kunsthalle
  5. Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden,Hamburg
  6. Jüdisches Museum Berlin
  7. Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar der Universität Hamburg
  8. Kunsthalle Mannheim
  9. Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz
  10. Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg
  11. Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin –Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  12. Museen der Stadt Bamberg
  13. Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg
  14. Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel
  15. Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg
  16. Potsdam Museum –Forum für Kunst und Geschichte
  17. Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen
  18. Technische Universität Berlin –Universitätsbibliothek
  19. Wallraf-Richartz Museum & Fondation Corboud, Köln
  20. Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München

To read the German press release, click here.

Schwabing Art Trove Task Force Press Release on Matisse "Seated Woman" from Gurlitt Collection

11 June 2014: The Schwabing Art Trove Task Force issued a press release stating that they believe the 1921 Matisse painting "Seated Woman" is Nazi looted art and was stolen from Jewish art dealer Paul Rosenberg. The Task Force advised that the painting should be restituted. However, the final decision regarding restitution lies with the heirs of Cornelius Gurlitt, who had agreed to abide by the Washington Principles shortly before his death. To read the German press release, click here

Publication of List of Consignor Names from Adolf Weinmüller Auction Catalogues on

In order to assist families searching for their lost works of art, we have created a table of all consignor names from the Munich and Vienna auction catalogues of Adolf Weinmüller. The family names are listed in alphabetical order with links to the relevant catalogues. The table is entirely searchable.


Please click here to see the entire list of family names published to date.

Publication of Annotated Auction Catalogues of Adolf Weinmüller (Munich/ Vienna) on

27 May 2014: The annotated catalogues of the Nazi-era auction house Weinmüller were released online this week on the database The 93 volumes detail all auctions that took place in Munich, and more than half of the Vienna auctions, between 1936 and 1944.

A German user guide has been provided on Please click here to access the German version.

In order to assist families searching for their lost works of art, we have provided an English translation. Please click here to see the English user guide.

The Gurlitt Collection: The Kunstmuseum Bern is Currently Proceeding with the Assesment of the Situation

Press Release by the Kunstmuseum Bern 3 June 2014:


On May 26, 2014, the board of trustees of the Kunstmuseum Bern met for the first time in a special session to examine the situation in regard to Mr Cornelius Gurlitt naming the Kunstmuseum Bern as his unrestricted sole heir. The will has not been opened yet; once this is the case, the museum will have a deadline of six months in which it must decide on whether it will accept the inheritance. In this period the Kunstmuseum Bern will make an assessment of the situation by collecting as much material containing relevant information as possible.


Thus the Kunstmuseum Bern does not yet have an inventory at its disposal, and it has not been able to inspect the art collection. On the occasion of a visit to Munich, the president of the board of trustees and the director communicated with the authorities there. The political authorities in Switzerland are being kept informed on a regular basis.


It has been decided that the Kunstmuseum Bern will seek legal assistance; the name of our legal advisor will be made known publicly when he or she has been definitively appointed.


The Kunstmuseum Bern will notify the media when relevant new information is available, at the earliest at the beginning of July.


The text of the press release is available here.

Press Release by the Kunstmuseum Bern on the Art Collection of Cornelius Gurlitt

"Today, May 7, 2014, Kunstmuseum Bern was informed by Mr Christoph Edel, lawyer to Mr Cornelius Gurlitt, who died yesterday, May 6, 2014, by telephone and in writing that Mr Cornelius Gurlitt has appointed the private-law foundation Kunstmuseum Bern his unrestricted and unfettered sole heir.


Despite speculation in the media that Mr Gurlitt had bequeathed his collection to an art institution outside Germany, the news came like a bolt from the blue, since at no time has Mr Gurlitt had any connection with Kunstmuseum Bern. The Board of Trustees and Directors of Kunstmuseum Bern are surprised and delighted, but at the same time do not wish to conceal the fact that this magnificent bequest brings with it a considerable burden of responsibility and a wealth of questions of the most difficult and sensitive kind, and questions in particular of a legal and ethical nature. They will not be in a position to issue a more detailed statement before first consulting the relevant files and making contact with the appropriate authorities."


The text of the release is available here.

Joint Press Release by the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and the Commission for Looted Art in Europe on ‘Pariser Platz in Berlin’ by Oskar Kokoschka

29 April 2014: The Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz is working with the Commission for Looted Art in Europe to clarify the provenance of the painting ‘Pariser Platz in Berlin’ by Oskar Kokoschka. The Commission for Looted Art in Europe represents the family of Anna Caspari, a distinguished dealer in Munich who was deported from Germany and murdered by the Nazis in Riga in 1941. The artwork belonged to the Caspari family / the Galerie Caspari.


Hermann Parzinger, President of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, comments: ‘We have agreed to extensive collaboration with the representatives of the family. Therefore, I hope that we can clarify as soon and thoroughly as possible the circumstances of the acquisition. All further decisions must be founded on established knowledge of the historical acquisition circumstances as well as the history and ownership of Galerie Caspari. It is good that we take a step forward on this path.’ The SPK and the Commission will be working together to research the entire collection of Anna Caspari and the circumstances of its loss.


Anne Webber and David Lewis, Co-Chairs of the Commission said: ‘Anna Caspari suffered a terrible fate at the hands of the Nazis and we are glad to be working jointly with the SPK, which holds many paintings originally owned by her, to shed light on the circumstances of the loss of her art collection.’


As soon as further information is available the SPK and the Commission will publicise the results. During the process of the research and ongoing talks, both parties have agreed upon confidentiality.


The painting, a work from the collection of the Nationalgalerie Berlin, hung in the office of the president of the SPK until a few weeks ago. It had been taken down from the wall, as the possibility of a loss due to Nazi persecution could not be excluded any longer. In the context of the news coverage on Oskar Kokoschka’s painting ‘Pariser Platz in Berlin’ on the 9 and 10 April 2014 Hermann Parzinger stressed that the foundation will do everything to clarify the provenance of the painting swiftly. Should it emerge that the painting was lost due to Nazi persecution, the SPK and the Commission will work towards a fair and just solution according to the Washington Principles.

Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin Names Research Update

On 14 March 2014 the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin published an updated list of names identified through their provenance research project. The names were identified in the form of signatures, stamps, dedications and notes in the books. The owners are sought so that the books can be returned. All the names are set out on our site here with details of whom to contact.

Table of Gurlitt Works of Art posted on

4 April 2014: 458 works of art have been posted on to date, the last posting being on 15 January.  Despite the commitment to publish more, no statement has been issued by the Task Force to explain why publication has ceased for the last 14 weeks.

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:


Title and medium
Boudin, Eugène
Entry on 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)
Delacroix, Eugéne
Entry on 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)


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.

: 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

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