Rose Valland was the perfect spy. Her innocence was the best camouflage. When the Germans occupied Paris and the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) moved into his bag-shop in the building of Jeu de Paume, she was already there. The art historian had previously worked for French museums and was familiar with the public and private […]
The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)—the leading organization addressing critical art-world issues regarding attribution, authenticity, and provenance—announced today the launch of new enhancements to its online Catalogues Raisonnés Database. New features and functionality include external links to the complete or partial digitized text of published catalogues raisonnés available on Google Books, HathiTrust, Internet Archive, […]
A subject that was repeatedly painted by the Brücke-artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is the young girl „Marzella“. A version of it is now displayed in the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. The work of an artist who was considered as „degenerate“ in the Nazi era, has a colorful history.
Source: Lostart/Town Hall Braunlage Source: Lostart/Town Hall Braunlage That provenance research deals with very different starting points, shows the case of the two images of Jacob Caproens that are at the moment in the council chamber of the town hall of Braunlage (Germany). And this not just since yesterday: The images „always“ hung in the town hall […]
Art looting during the Third Reich has taken place in very different ways. The extent of coercion, which was exposed to the former art owners, not always appears equally strong. Without any doubt are the cases in which an expropriation has occurred, when artworks were obviously stolen by the Nazis (often verifiable through archive footage). But there are also […]
Another art theft story has been implemented in a Hollywood movie. „Woman in Gold“ deals with the case of restitution to the painting „Adele Bloch-Bauer“ by Gustav Klimt, who for many years was seen as a valuable Austrian Cultural Property in Vienna’s Belvedere. In the film embodies Helen Mirren US-citizen Maria Altmann, niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer, who […]
I am often asked: What is actually provenance research? Or, asked in terms of activities: What exactly is it that a provenance researcher is doing? Or, thought very pragmatic: Why do you do that?
Many art dealer of the Nazi era are highly ambivalent in their role, both beneficiaries and victims of the system. They have taken the opportunity to speculate with the easily available works of Jewish owners, the degenerate art, or even abroad looted art. At the same they have also been supportive for persecuted artists, they supported their Jewish employees […]
Today it was announced: the Bern Museum takes the heavy legacy of the collection Gurlitt – but on its terms.
Many Jewish art collectors and patrons have died in the Nazi era. Their collections were confiscated, had to be sold or have been lost in the chaos of war. The names of these men and women are largely fallen into oblivion after 1945, even if these collectors were well estimated citizens in their time, were involved […]