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2018.09.11

Gurlitt Provenance Research project identifies four works of Nazi-confiscated art

Four drawings by the artists Charles Dominique Joseph Eisen, Augustin de Saint-Aubin and Anne Vallayer-Coster have been identified as Nazi-confiscated art by the Gurlitt Provenance Research project. Their origins can be traced back to the Jewish family Deutsch de la Meurthe in Paris, in whose private home they were hanging. The house was confiscated during the National Socialist occupation. After the end of the war, the family filed a loss report that included the drawings. More details: Gurlitt Provenance Research project identifies four works of Nazi-confiscated art …

2017.11.30

Paris 1940–1944: Theft and trade of cultural assets under German occupation – transnational review opens up new perspectives for provenance research

From November 30 to December 1, 2017, the conference “Theft & Trade. The French Art Market Under German Occupation (1940–1944)”, hosted by the German Lost Art Foundation, will bring together notable international experts who will present the findings of their respective research. More details: Paris 1940–1944: Theft and trade of cultural assets under German occupation – transnational review opens up new perspectives for provenance research …

2017.10.25

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

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. More details: Project Gurlitt identifies painting by Thomas Couture as Nazi-looted art …

2017.08.31

The German Lost Art Foundation launches pilot projects to investigate the cultural assets confiscated in the Soviet Occupation Zone and the GDR

On September 1, 2017, the German Lost Art Foundation will be launching for the first time two projects to conduct a systematic investigation into the expropriation of cultural goods in the Soviet Occupation Zone (SBZ) and the GDR. More details: The German Lost Art Foundation launches pilot projects to investigate the cultural assets confiscated in the Soviet Occupation Zone and the GDR …

2017.08.01

German Lost Art Foundation approves approx. €2.15 million for 22 provenance research projects

In the first application round of 2017 (deadline: April 1) the German Lost Art Foundation’s executive board approved 22 applications from museums, libraries, academic institutions and archives. In doing so, it has followed the corresponding recommendations of the Foundation’s funding committee and has provided funding of around €2.15 million so far in 2017 to support locally based searches for cultural assets seized as a result of Nazi persecution. More details: German Lost Art Foundation approves approx. €2.15 million for 22 provenance research projects …

2017.07.03

Cornelius Gurlitt’s business documentation now accessible in the Federal Archives

Digitized business documents from the estate of art dealer Cornelius Gurlitt can now be viewed in the reading rooms of the Federal Archive and used for provenance research. More details: Cornelius Gurlitt’s business documentation now accessible in the Federal Archives …