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The Information Database contains information and documentation from forty nine countries, including laws and policies, reports and publications, archival records and resources, current cases and relevant websites.
The Object Database contains details of over 25,000 objects of all kinds – paintings, drawings, antiquities, Judaica, etc – looted, missing and/or identified from over fifteen countries.
For a list of Essential Website Links, showing all key research sites and resources,click here.
For details of international resources, see below, Online Resources and Case News.
For the full range of developments on the Gurlitt case since the news broke on 3 November, excluding what is on the homepage, click here. For all news stories, see the News Archive. For all other materials, including ALIU reports, etc, search 'Gurlitt'.
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On 14 March 2014 the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin published an updated list of names identified through their provenance research project. The names were identified in the form of signatures, stamps, dedications and notes in the books. The owners are sought so that the books can be returned. All the names are set out on our site here with details of whom to contact.
This documentary by Carsten Günther and Anke Rebbert investigates the role of the art market during the period 1933 to 1945 in Germany as well as today, when the international art trade continues to turn a blind eye to the origins of works of art. Full details are available here.
"Agreement between the Free State of Bavaria, the Federal Government and Cornelius Gurlitt: Provenance research to continue and restitution in accordance with the Washington Principles on a voluntary basis for the Schwabing Art Trove; Unproblematic works belonging to Mr Gurlitt will be returned.
Mr Gurlitt stated his willingness to allow provenance research on a voluntary basis once the works are released from police custody. Mr Gurlitt will allow the Task Force to continue searching the provenance of those works in the trove suspected of having been looted from their owners by the Nazis or of being works the Nazis considered "degenerate art". To this end, these artworks will remain in secure custody and on the website www.lostart.de. However, the Task Force aims to complete the main substance of its provenance research within a year. Works for which the Task Force has not completed provenance research within the year will be returned to Mr Gurlitt. But Mr Gurlitt will ensure continued access to the works for the provenance research to continue. If any claims for restitution have been or could be made, the works will remain in fiduciary custody even after the year has elapsed. Mr Gurlitt can designate at least one researcher to work with the Task Force to ensure his interests are protected.
Gurlitt will enable fair and just solutions in accordance with the Washington Principles, in particular by means of restitution, for persons claiming ownership of the works. The agreement makes no provisions regarding the current criminal proceedings. The Federal Government and the Free State of Bavaria will pay for the provenance research, also for any additional works not yet confiscated.
Bavarian Minister of Justice Winfried Bausback commented on the agreement as follows: "The Task Force will continue to investigate the origin of the artworks, no matter how the criminal investigation proceeds. This research creates the conditions allowing victims of Nazi terror to assert their claims to the artworks. This is one of my major concerns, because the significance of the Schwabing Art Trove extends far beyond a criminal case with tax relevance. It raises the question of how to deal with these artworks, along with other fundamental issues. These issues have to do with our responsibility to confront Nazi injustice and our responsibility to its victims. The entire world is watching to see how we will answer these questions, and this agreement is a good answer." Minister Bausback continued: "I always felt it was important to speak with Mr Gurlitt and find a mutually acceptable solution for what to do about the artworks. He accepts his moral responsibility, and I respect that." The Bavarian minister of justice concluded by saying, "I would like to thank everyone who was involved in reaching this agreement. I will now inform the chairs of the responsible committees in the Bavarian parliament and will offer to report to their committees."
Speaking about the agreement, Minister of State Monika Grütters said, "I am grateful to everyone involved that we were able to guarantee that the Task Force will be able to continue its work of determining the provenance of the Gurlitt collection independent of the ongoing criminal investigation. This agreement creates the necessary basis for fair and just solutions, in particular by means of restitution, as Mr Gurlitt has now explicitly stated. In my view, one reason comprehensive research into the provenance of the Gurlitt collection, which this agreement protects against legal dispute, is so important is that it sends a clear signal within Germany and beyond that we will not allow Nazi injustice to stand, even 70 years after World War II. The experience we have gained from the Schwabing Art Trove will guide the national centre for lost cultural goods which I hope to establish."
The lawyer Christoph Edel who was appointed by the court to look after Mr Gurlitt's health, financial and legal affairs, commented as follows: "Today, Cornelius Gurlitt declared his approval of this agreement. In doing so, he has demonstrated exemplary moral responsibility, apart from what we believe to be a clear legal situation. He will have access to the artworks, will be allowed to view the paintings and can designate at least one researcher to work with the Task Force, which is required to maintain strict neutrality. All the works which are not subject to provenance research will be returned to him without delay. The work of the Task Force is limited to determining the provenance of the remaining works within a reasonable amount of time. Works that according to expert opinion were not confiscated by the Nazis will be returned to Mr Gurlitt and deleted from the database at www.lostart.de. This agreement also allows us to proceed with the restitution of relevant works. This continues to be one of our central concerns. I will now present the agreement to the adult guardianship court so that it can determine whether it requires approval."
The text of the release is available here.
In a 13'40'' segment on CBS's '60 Minutes' on the Gurlitt case, Morley Safer interviews Ekkeheart Gurlitt, Willi Korte, Vanessa Voigt, Martha Hinrichsem, David Toren, Hannes Hartung, Tildo Park, Ingeborg Berggreen-Merkel and Uwe Hartmann. To view it, click on this link. To read the transcript, click here.
Claude Monet's 1903 Waterloo Bridge, Grey Weather, found in Gurlitt's Salzburg house, is part of a series painted by Monet between 1902 and 1904. No. 1562 in the catalogue raisonné by Daniel Wildenstein, published in 1996 by the Wildenstein Institute, there is no provenance given after 1914:
"Purchased from Monet by Durand-Ruel in December, 1905 and sold to Cassirer, Berlin in 1914.
Current whereabouts unknown."
The bibliography reads:
C. Grappe, s.d. , p. 23 (ill.)
Th. Duret, Monet and the French Impressionists, London, 1910, p. 148 (ill.)
W. Weisbach, Impressionismus, Berlin, 1910-1911, II, p. 140, 141 (ill.)
R. Koechlin, «Cl. Monet», Art et Décoration, février 1927, p. 46 (ill.)
D. Wildenstein, 1985, IV, p. 172, 173 (ill.), 369 (lettre n° 1789), 430 (P.J. n°266)
Details of the Courbet, Liebermann, Manet and Renoir paintings from the Salzburg collection are available on our site here, with research from the LootedArt.com team and additional information received from Catherine Hickley about the Courbet.
If you have any knowledge of the post-1914 provenance of the Monet or of the provenances of the other paintings, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morley Safer reports the story of the largest cache of missing art since WWII and the battle over its ownership on Sunday, April 6 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. For full details, click here.
26 March 2014: The UK Spoliation Panel today published its long awaited report on the claim for 'Beaching a Boat, Brighton' by John Constable, currently in the Tate Gallery, which acquired it in 1986. The painting, which belonged to a Hungarian collector, was lost in 1945 together with the rest of his extensive art collection. (To read the provenance of the painting, published on this site since 2001, click here.)
The Panel, which agreed the return of the painting to the heirs, is very critical of the Tate, most particularly of its failure to conduct due diligence at the time of acquisition or provenance research in the last 15 years, especially in light of the readily available information about the painting. It does not accept the Tate's claim that it is unreasonable to expect that it should have carried out provenance research in the 1960s when the Tate asserted Holocaust issues were not "prominent in the art world". On the contrary, the Panel writes that the Tate had special knowledge of the works of Constable and that Holocaust related provenance issues were not ignored in the 1980s. Further, the Tate knew of the lengthy gap in provenance and, the Panel states, was under a moral obligation to pursue the possibility that the painting had been the object of spoliation during the war. It would not have been difficult to research it and to establish that it was recorded as looted.
To read the full report, click here.
26 March 2014: The press release states that the Salzburg portion of the Cornelius Gurlitt collection is larger than originally thought - 238 works of art have been secured. These include 39 oil paintings, silver vessels, ceramic bowls, and bronze, marble, and iron sculptures (including by Rodin). The first work from the Munich collection considered to be Nazi-looted art is to be returned. Dr Hannes Hartung, the attorney responsible for the art law aspects of the case, has been discharged and claimants are now referred to Mr Gurlitt's attorney, Christoph Edel. To read the press release, click here.
20 March 2014: The German Advisory Commission today issued its ruling on the claim for the Guelph (Welfenschatz) Treasure which was made by the heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers. The Commission found against the claim on the grounds that the 1935 sale was not "persecution-induced". To read the ruling in German, click here.
To read the suit filed to recover the Max Liebermann painting, 'Two Riders on the Beach', discovered in the Cornelius Gurlitt collection and which was seized by the Nazis from the collection of David Friedmann of Breslau, please click here.
4 April 2014: 458 works of art have been posted on lostart.de to date, the last posting being on 15 January. Despite the commitment to publish more, no statement has been issued by the Task Force to explain why publication has ceased for the last 14 weeks.
Of the 458 works published, 407 are works on paper from artists including Cézanne, Corot, Daumier, Delacroix, Dürer, Gauguin, Guardi, Harunobu, Hokusai, Ingres, Liebermann, Michel, Millet, Munch, Rembrandt and Toulouse-Lautrec. 51 are oil paintings, by artists such as Achenbach, Courbet, Dix, Forain, Heem, Hildebrandt, Huysum, Liebermann, Marstrand, Matisse, Monticelli, Nickelen, Prudhon, Rayski, Renoir, Rousseau, Spranger, Treu, van de Velde, Vernet and Ziem.
In order to assist families searching for their lost works of art, we have created a table of all the works posted in alphabetical order by artist, with all provenance information available, and a link to the image. The table is entirely searchable - see sample below. Please click here to see the entire list of works published to date. The table is updated with each new posting on lostart.
Sample of Table:
Title and medium
Entry on Lostart.de click here
|Gesellschaft am Strand
(Company on the beach)
|Reverse: Exhibited in Werke der frz. Malerei u. Grafik des 19. Jh. catalogue nr. 4, as ‘Gesellschaft am Strand’, at Villa Hügel, Essen 1954 (Museum Folkwang Essen)|
Entry on Lostart.de click here
|Reverse: Exhibited in Werke frz. Malerei und Grafik des 19. Jh. catalogue nr. 40, as 'Löwin', at Villa Hügel, Essen 1954 (Museum Folkwang, Essen)|
For the full range of developments on the Gurlitt case since the news broke on 3 November, excluding what is on the homepage, but including government press releases, Allied documents 1945-1950, the text of the proposed Lex Gurlitt, etc, click here. For all news stories, see the News Archive. For all other materials, including ALIU reports, etc, search 'Gurlitt'.
Lawsuits: provides details of claims and cases ruled on or being settled in court with copies of court filings and judgements.
Research Resources: provides details of family records, tracing services, art historical resources, texts of post-war reports, and books and publications.
Web Resources: provides details of various online databases of looted paintings, results of provenance research in countries around the world, archival records available online and other research materials.
Seeking Owners of Identified Looted Property: provides lists of names of individuals whose looted property has been identified in institutions in Germany and whose heirs are being sought.
Other categories of information include Governmental Conferences and Hearings, Laws, Policies and Guidelines, Art Trade, and Press, Television, Radio and Film. To explore all these sections, click here.
The site is regularly updated with new resources and developments. To provide details of resources or cases to add to the site, please email email@example.com.