All posts in World War II

Abstract expressionism, the ambassador of America’s Triumph

François Lévy-Kuentz’s recent documentary called The Hidden Face of American Art, describes the strategies used to enable American art to overtake European art in the power struggle for influence during the Cold War. Narrated by François Marthouret and with commentary by many different historians and art historians, this film contains extensive photographs and archival videos. […]

Watercolours by Adolf Hitler seized by German police

On January 24th, three paintings purportedly by Adolf Hitler were seized by German police from an auction house sale under the suspicion that the watercolours were forgeries. The works depict picturesque landscapes in traditional Romantic manner of the Alps and the Rhine River. Frankly, the paintings are unremarkable, yet pleasant. Dating back to 1910 and […]

Uffizi director calls out Germany for stolen painting

Director of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Eike Schmidt, has boldly called out Germany concerning the return of a painting stolen by Nazi troops in 1944 during World War II. The artwork in question is a still-life by Jan van Huysum (1682-1749), a Dutch master, called Vase of Flowers. The painting was originally brought to […]

Gentileschi debut at the National Gallery…but was it plundered by Nazis?

In May of last year, London’s National Gallery (NG) acquired its 1st painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian Renaissance painter and pioneering female artist. The painting represents one female artist of only 21 that make up the NG’s vast 2,300-strong collection. Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria was painted in the early 1600s and sold […]

One family’s search for artwork stolen by Nazis feels more like a Nicholas Cage movie

Crowd-sourcing is not an uncommon thing these days. Scrolling through any social media you will find posts looking to fund new projects, medical treatment, and any number of causes. However, crowd-sourcing for repatriation is a relatively new issue. Yet, this is exactly what the family of the late, French art dealer Paul Rosenberg is doing. […]