Ludwig von Hofmann’s work “Frühlingssturm” returns to Darmstadt
The painting "Der Frühlingssturm" (The Spring Storm) by Ludwig von Hofmann is returning to the city of Darmstadt. The decision was announced by the heirs of the Jewish newspaper publisher Rudolf Mosse.
Mosse was forced to auction off his collection in 1934. The work by Ludwig von Hofmann had been on display in the Städtische Kunstsammlung Darmstadt for seven decades until it was finally returned to Mosse’s heirs. The Berlin-based auction house Grisebach planned to the work up for auction on 1 June. Prior to the auction, Grisebach concluded negotiations with a German art patron to repurchase the painting for Darmstadt. The patron has agreed to permanently loan the piece to the Darmstadt museum.
The restitution of the painting "Der Frühlingssturm" was the motivating factor for the Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, which manages the Städtische Kunstsammlung, to investigate its entire collection of paintings with respect to cultural assets illegally seized through Nazi persecution. The German Lost Art Foundation has agreed to support this project with a financial contribution.