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Project Gurlitt identifies painting by Thomas Couture as Nazi-looted art

Date 2017.10.25

A tiny re­paired hole point­ed the prove­nance re­searchers to Georges Man­del. This de­tail en­abled the Gurlitt Prove­nance Re­search Project team to iden­ti­fy the paint­ing Por­trait de je­une femme as­sise (Por­trait of a Seat­ed Young Wom­an) by Thomas Cou­ture as Nazi-loot­ed art. The art­work be­longed to one of the most fa­mous French vic­tims of the Nazi regime, the high-rank­ing Jew­ish politi­cian and an­ti-Nazi Georges Man­del. Man­del was de­tained by the Na­tion­al So­cial­ists as an Ehren­häftling, or pris­on­er of hon­our, in the Ger­man camps, and mur­dered in Ju­ly 1944 by the French mili­tia in the for­est of Fontainebleau. His Paris apart­ment was tar­get­ed by Ger­man art-loot­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions at an ear­ly stage.

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