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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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AUGUST MACKE

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MILTON AVERY

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GUSTAV KLIMT

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HENRI MATISSE

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ÉDOUARD MANET

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AMEDEO MODIGLIANI

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PETER PAUL RUBENS

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PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR

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ALEKSEJ VON JAWLENSKY

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JANKEL ADLER

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PABLO PICASSO

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JOHANNES VERMEER

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PETER PAUL RUBENS – EXHIBITION

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RUBENS – THE POWER OF TRANSFORMATION

70 loans from the great collections of the world.

This special exhibition invites visitors to see these and other masterpieces now in Vienna in the context of Rubens’ preparatory drawings, oil sketches, panel paintings and canvases.

The works on show – among them around seventy loans from the world’s foremost collections such as the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Prado in Madrid or the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. – have been carefully selected to create juxtapositions and confrontations that document how Rubens worked, how he created his vivid, carefully contrived artworks.

The show thus focuses on the most fascinating aspect of Rubens’ art: his critical analysis and use of external sources and ideas. With the help of selected examples the exhibition illustrates how Rubens was inspired by other artists, by both contemporary and Renaissance compositions. Throughout his life he also entered into a creative dialogue with ancient and Renaissance sculpture.

 

WHEN: October 17, 2017 – January 21, 2018.
WHERE: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria.

More about Peter Paul Rubens HERE.

More about the exhibition HERE.

Nazi-looted painting to be auctioned

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Bartholomeus van der Helst, “Portrait of a Man” (1647).

A 17th-century Dutch old master painting stolen by the Nazis is to be auctioned in Vienna next week, provoking outrage from the heirs of the owners from whom it was looted who have accused the auction house of moral bankruptcy.

“Portrait of a Man” was one of hundreds of works looted in 1943 from the Schloss family, whose huge collection of Flemish and Dutch old masters was amassed by Adolphe Schloss, a Jewish-German industrialist who lived in France.

Read full article HERE.

HEINRICH IGNAZ FRANZ BIBER

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Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (12 August 1644 – 3 May 1704) was a Bohemian-Austrian composer and violinist. Born in the small Bohemian town of Wartenberg (Stráž pod Ralskem), he worked at Graz and Kroměříž before he illegally left his Kremsier (Kroměříž) employer (Prince-Bishop Carl Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn) and settled in Salzburg.
Biber was one of the most important composers for the violin in the history of the instrument. He also wrote one of the earliest known pieces for solo violin, the monumental passacaglia of the Mystery Sonatas.

Passacaglia for solo violin (1676)
Elicia Silverstein, baroque violin.