All posts in World War II

City of Krefeld rejects claims to Mondrian paintings

Four paintings by Piet Mondrian, the Dutch abstract pioneer, have been at the centre of a dispute over ownership and on July 2nd, the German city of Krefeld rejected the claims of Mondrian’s heirs that the paintings have unlawfully remained in a city-owned Kaiser Wilhelm Museum for nearly a century. The heirs of Mondrian believe […]

Germany appeals case over restitution of the Guelph Treasure (worth $275 million) in the US Supreme Court

Returning an artwork that at one time might have been stolen is not a clear-cut process and when you’re dealing with works that were stolen, looted, or simply have a murky provenance during the Nazi era, the process gets even more difficult. This has been the case in an ongoing dispute concerning the Guelph Treasure, […]

New York art dealer detained (again) due to Nazi-looted painting

Today, Russian-born art dealer based in New York Alexander Khochinsky will be released from France to head to Poland for a hearing concerning a painting Khochinsky claims to have received from his father. On February 25th, Khochinsky was detained by French authorities on behalf of the Polish government at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport. Since his detention, he was […]

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 […]