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Jewish Museum Berlin returns artwork from the Mosse collection

Date 2016.10.24

The Jew­ish Mu­se­um Berlin has re­turned An­ton von Wern­er’s oil sketch “Das Gastmahl der Fam­i­lie Mosse” (The Mosse Fam­i­ly Ban­quet), dat­ing from 1899, to the heirs of Fe­li­cia Lach­mann-Mosse. This resti­tu­tion has been made fol­low­ing sys­tem­at­ic check­ing of the paint­ing and sculp­ture col­lec­tion for cul­tur­al as­sets that were seized through Nazi per­se­cu­tion. The Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion in Magde­burg has been fund­ing this re­search work since April 2015.

Fe­li­cia Lach­mann-Mosse was the daugh­ter of Jew­ish news­pa­per pub­lish­er and art col­lec­tor Rudolf Mosse (1843–1920). At the be­gin­ning of 1899, Rudolf Mosse com­mis­sioned An­ton von Wern­er, an artist and the di­rec­tor of the Prus­sian Acade­my of Arts, to cre­ate a large-scale paint­ing of his fam­i­ly mem­bers and friends in a con­vivial set­ting. Von Wern­er hand­ed over the paint­ing to Mosse in De­cem­ber 1899 along with all the prepara­to­ry sketch­es. The small oil sketch “Das Gastmahl der Fam­i­lie Mosse” was hung in the first floor stair­way of Mosse’s pala­tial man­sion on Leipziger Platz, where it seems to have re­mained un­til at least sum­mer 1933. It was con­fis­cat­ed from the Lach­mann-Mosse fam­i­ly in 1934.

Project de­scrip­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

»Das Gastmahl der Familie Mosse«, Anton von Werner, 1899, Öl auf Leinwand, 45 x 89,5 cm, Jüdisches Museum Berlin »Das Gastmahl der Familie Mosse«, Anton von Werner, 1899, Öl auf Leinwand, 45 x 89,5 cm, Jüdisches Museum Berlin »Das Gastmahl der Familie Mosse«, Anton von Werner, 1899, Öl auf Leinwand, 45 x 89,5 cm, Jüdisches Museum Berlin Source:  Jens Ziehe