BARCELONA

Where beauty isn’t.

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“THE RAISING OF LAZARUS”

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“The Raising of Lazarus”, painted by an anonymous German artist, was salvaged by the Monuments Men at the end of World War II before entering the Bavarian State Paintings Collection in 1961, where it remained until now.

The work, painted in oils on wood, is thought to have been created between 1530 and 1540 and was part of a collection assembled by James von Bleichröder, the son of Gerson von Bleichröder, a Jewish banker who rose to fame as Otto von Bismarck’s personal financial adviser. James von Bleichröder died in 1937.

Nearly 80 years after it was stolen from the family, the painting, valued at about $250,000, was returned to Frank Winkel at a ceremony in Munich. Mr. Winkel lives in Munich and is the heir of James von Bleichröder’s daughter Ellie, who survived incarceration at the Theresienstadt concentration camp.

View full article HERE.

VINCENT VAN GOGH – SIX SUNFLOWERS

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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.

ANDREAS ACHENBACH – “SICILIAN LANDSCAPE”

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Andreas Achenbach’s Sicilian Landscape (1861).

 

The current possessor of an Andreas Achenbach (1815-1910) painting recently withdrawn from a Dusseldorf museum on charges that it is “Nazi loot” protests that it was acquired in a normal “art gallery transaction.” Whatever that is… in the Germany of the 1930s.

The painting is being claimed by the Canadian-based Max Stern estate, named after Max Stern (1904-1987) a Jewish art dealer and collector who, as a member of the Jewish faith, was forced by the Nazi government to liquidate his gallery’s inventory.

That is usually referred to as a “forced sale” and an “act of duress.”

Nevertheless, the owner of the Achenbach painting vows to fight for his property rights.

Source: Holocaust Art Restitution Project.

BARON MÓR LIPÓT HERZOG

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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.

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