November 4, 2013

"A collection of 1,500 artworks confiscated by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s has been found in the German city of Munich..."

"Some of the works were declared as degenerate by the Nazis, while others were stolen from or forcibly sold for a pittance by Jewish art collectors."

6 comments:

EDH said...

Hitler: "If you like your art, you can keep your art."

EDH said...

The Nazis categorised almost all modern art as "degenerate".

Is that like "substandard" health insurance?

YoungHegelian said...

The younger Mr Gurlitt had kept the works in darkened rooms and sold the occasional painting when he needed money

Of course, the buyers of those "occasional paintings" had absolutely no idea that the paintings were stolen by the Nazis. As did none of the appraisers or insurers. Hey, why are you giving me that look?

That the art world has more than its fair share of amoral scumbags will come as no surprise to anyone, I guess.

R. Chatt said...

Just when you thought that the Holocaust was a thing of the past we are reminded that it's not. The survivors are dying off, the artifacts are in museums, but in an odd way the artists carry the day.

FleetUSA said...

The other amazing aspect of this story is the Gurlitt, Jr. was a non-person. When he was stopped on the Swiss train they couldn't find any record of his existence.

He seems to have been a hermit.

Sounds like the basis for a good book and movie.

FleetUSA said...

See the Fox News article about his arrest in 2010 when the whole story started:

http://tinyurl.com/kpewap6