Inside, a painting by Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931) was found, a portrait of the apartment’s owner herself Madame de Florian. The painting was sold for 2.1 million euros and the rest of the items inside of the apartment would be worth thousands as well.

An intriguing story. Read more HERE.










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Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) painted “Six Sunflowers” in 1888 but it was destroyed in Japan in 1945.

It was sold to a Japanese collector and shipped to Japan in 1920. But it was destroyed in a fire after US bombing of Osaka during World War II.

Read more HERE.



Marking the centenary of Rodin’s death in 1917 and that of Gustav Klimt in 1918, KLIMT & RODIN: An Artistic Encounter examines the diverse connections between these artists and their impact upon the art world. While Rodin is widely regarded as “the father of modern sculpture,” Klimt was a groundbreaking painter and a founding member of the modernist Vienna Secession movement.

This exhibition marks the first survey of Klimt’s work in California. Sharing the galleries with the Legion of Honor’s important holdings of Rodin works will be examples from Klimt’s oeuvre on loan from public and private collections in the United States and Europe, including the artist’s estate in Vienna and the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, which holds the world’s largest and finest collection of Klimt paintings anywhere.

WHEN: October 14, 2017 – January 28, 2018.
WHERE: Legion of Honor Museum – San Francisco, CA, USA.

More about Gustav Klimt HERE.

More information about the exhibition HERE.




In 2009 the Museum Kunst der Westküste, a small, fine house that has been presenting German and North-West European art from 1830 to 1930 in changing exhibitions, was opened in Alkersum, a community on the North Frisian island of Föhr. On the museum’s website, you can watch a nine-minute film showing a virtual tour of the opening show eight years ago: hundreds of works including paintings by Edvard Munch, Max Beckmann, Emil Nolde and Max Liebermann.

After two and a half minutes the camera swings around an intermediate wall and shows a small painting in a gold frame. For two seconds only where you can see a woman hanging on a meadow pink and lilac-colored clothes on a leash. The breeze winds the colorful fabrics, hair and dress of the woman flutter. The picture is called “Wäsche trocknen – Bleiche“; Max Liebermann painted it in 1890.

9000 kilometers west from the small Frisian island of Föhr, Mitchell Ostwald almost stopped his heart when, a few days ago, he watched the film from the museum on his computer. He pressed the pause button at minute 2:30 and stared disbelievingly at the screen for minutes. “Then I realized: we finally found it,” he says. “Our painting.”

The Liebermann picture belonged to the Jewish art collector Moritz Ury, the great-grandfather of Mitchell Ostwald. Together with his wife Selma, Ury had to flee from Nazi Germany to Switzerland in 1937. He was not allowed to take his art collection, the Gestapo confiscated the works and auctioned it in 1941.

Among the sold works of art was also the Liebermann painting, whose track was lost after the auction. It was only in 2005 that it suddenly appeared in public, again at an auction. The Münchner Auktionshaus Hampel offered the work for an estimate of 225,000 euros. The former owner of the Hertie department store chain and art collector Hans-Georg Karg, who had died in 2003, had acquired the Liebermann painting in the 1980s. Whether he knew at the time that it was a Nazi robbery we don’t know. When the controversial provenance of the painting became known in the same year, the Liebermann painting was withdrawn from the auction. The picture disappeared again.

The painting was seen the picture in the museum on Föhr a few years ago, she wrote, and the film on the museum’s website then removed all doubts.

Museum director Ulrike Wolff-Thomsen now confirms on request that the picture was a private loan that was not owned by the museum. Whoever had lent it to the museum at the time, she does not want to say. “However, the private owner, who has acquired the Liebermann painting was informed about the facts you have described and is already working with his legal representative in a fair and fair procedure,” Ulrike Wolff-Thomsen said.

Although Mitchell Ostwald has not received any news from the current owner of the picture, the announcement by the museum owner gives him hope. “I am very happy that after all the years of silence, there is finally a trace to the painting,” says Ostwald. “Now I’m looking forward to finding a just solution with the owner.”

More about Max Liebermann HERE.

Original article in German HERE.

. I apologize if you find some errors in the translation. My English will never be perfect.


Gustave Courbet, “The Stone Breakers”, 1849 – destroyed during World War II when a transport vehicle moving the pictures to the castle of Königstein, near Dresden, was bombed by Allied forces in February 1945.


Vincent van Gogh, “Painter on His Way to Work”, 1888 – lost by fire under Allied bomb attack on the town of Magdeburg.


Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Trude Steiner, 1900 – taken by the Nazis after Jenny Stenier (a Viennese collector) escaped from Austria in 1938. It was consequently sold to an unknown person in 1941 and was never seen since then.


Rembrandt van Rijn, “An Angel with Titus’ Features” – stored in a French countryside chateau before the Nazis took it with them to Paris in 1943. There, it was set aside to be installed in Hitler’s museum along with 332 other artworks. 162 of those pieces were found since but no leads for this one.


Canaletto, Piazza Santa Margherita – was part of Jacques Goudstikker’s private collection which the Nazis seized and purged after he fled to the Netherlands in 1940 and was never seen again.


Edgar Degas, Five Dancing Women – the Nazis got hold of this pastel work by Degas when they took Baron Mór Lipót Herzog’s collection. This work is supposed to be lost.


Raphael, Portrait of a Young Man, 1513/14 – was taken from the Czartoryski’s family collection in Krakow. Rumors suggest it was found somewhere – lately in a Swiss bank vault.


Source: DailyArtDaily.


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The Eldorado was a famed destination in Berlin for lesbians, homosexual men, transvestites of both sexes, and tourists during the 1920’s and 30’s. As soon as the Nazis came to power, gay bars and clubs like the Eldorado were closed down. The “El Dorado” was situated at 29, Lutherstraße. It had a lavish floor show. It was closed down in about 1932.

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Baron Mór Lipót Herzog (1869-1934) was a passionate Jewish art collector in pre-war Hungary. Over his lifetime, he assembled the Herzog Collection, one of Europe’s great private collections of art and the largest in Hungary prior to World War II. However, the Herzog family’s legacy as patrons of the arts came to a sudden halt during the Hungarian Holocaust, when the Hungarian government, assisted by the Nazi regime in Germany, systematically annihilated its Jewish population and plundered their personal property and cultural treasures.










Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933

Featuring more than 300 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs, Portraying a Nation combines two exhibitions: Otto Dix: The Evil Eye, which includes paintings and works on paper that explore Dix’s harshly realistic depictions of German society and brutality of war, and ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander, which presents photographs from Sander’s best known series People of the Twentieth Century, his attempt to document the German people. In painting and photography, these works from a pivotal point in the country’s history reflect both the glamour and the misery of Weimar Republic.

WHEN: Until 15 October 2017
WHERE: Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, U.K.

More about the exhibition HERE.

More about Otto Dix HERE.

More about August Sander HERE.