1945

1945

“1945”, directed by Ferenc Török, takes a fascinating look at a European village on an August day in 1945 right after the end of World War II as two Orthodox Jews arrive at the train station with mysterious boxes labeled “fragrances.”
As the town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand back their illegally acquired property which was originally lost during the war, other villagers are afraid more survivors will come and pose a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own.

More information HERE.

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PICASSO, THE LEFFMANNS & THE MET

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A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by the great-grand-niece of a German Jewish businessman that asked the Metropolitan Museum of Art to return one of its most valuable Picassos, “The Actor.”

In court papers, Judge Preska described at length the persecution that the Leffmanns suffered and the desperation they must have felt. But she ruled that the estate could not show Mr. Leffmann had been forced to sell the painting under duress because any pressure he experienced was not the fault of the buyers or the party being sued, the museum, but rather the Nazis and their allies.

Read full article HERE.

“AN OFFICER PAYING COURT TO A YOUNG WOMAN”

by Gabriël Metsu (1629-1667).

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Next Thursday, a 356-year-old painting that once hung in the Munich residence of Adolf Hitler will be auctioned.

Formerly in the famed Rothschild Collection, this extraordinary picture was targeted and looted by the Nazis during World War II and recovered by the Monuments Men.

The Monuments Men returned art to countries, not individuals, which sometimes put the heirs of Holocaust victims at odds with their home governments.

THE GREAT ST. MARTIN CHURCH

The Great Saint Martin Church is a Romanesque Catholic church in Cologne, Germany. Its foundations (circa 960 AD) rest on remnants of a Roman chapel, built on what was then an island in the Rhine. The church was later transformed into a Benedictine monastery. The current buildings, including a soaring crossing tower that is a landmark of Cologne’s Old Town, were erected between 1150-1250. The church was badly damaged in World War II; restoration work was completed in 1985.

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JAN VAN EYCK

Jan van Eyck (c.1390-1441).

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GHENT ALTARPIECE
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Art historians generally agree that the overall structure of the Ghent Altarpiece was designed by Hubert in the early to mid 1420s, and that the panels were painted by his younger brother Jan between 1430 and 1432.
The altarpiece has been moved several times over the centuries. Art historian Noah Charney describes the altarpiece as one of the more coveted and desired pieces of art, the victim of 13 crimes since its installation, and seven thefts.

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A New York investor and art collector is ignoring pleas to return a painting looted by the Nazis

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The painting was part of a vast art collection owned by prominent banker James von Bleichroeder (photo above, in 1908). One of the most prominent paintings in their collection was “The Raising of Lazarus,” (below) a famous work by an unknown German artist.

Read the article HERE.

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WHO WAS HILDEBRAND GURLITT?

by Cath Pound (click HERE).

The exhibitions (click HERE and HERE).

 

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GOYA – THE BLACK PAINTINGS

The Black Paintings is the name given to a group of fourteen paintings by Francisco Goya from the later years of his life, likely between 1819 and 1823. They portray intense, haunting themes, reflective of both his fear of insanity and his bleak outlook on humanity.
The paintings originally were painted as murals on the walls of Goya’s house, later being hacked off the walls and attached to canvas.

More about Francisco Goya HERE.

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“Heads in a landscape” (below) is, in all probability, the fifteenth Black Painting.

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ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER

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