Previously Unknown Works from the Nazi-Looted Art Trove


In the winter of 2012, police in Munich raided the home of Cornelius Gurlitt, the reclusive, octogenarian son of a deceased art dealer who had sold works of art for the Nazis during World War II. The German authorities were investigating Gurlitt for suspected tax evasion. In darkened rooms, stuffed among tins of food and piles of junk, they found more than 1,400 works by some of Europe’s masters. Many of the paintings and drawings are believed to have been looted by the Nazis from Jewish collectors and families, or forcibly purchased as knock-down prices, and there are myriad questions about what to do next.

But one thing is clear: the European art world will never be the same. The collection contains works of art that had been recorded as lost and pieces by masters such as Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall and Otto Dix that art historians never knew existed.

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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