Kunsthalle Mannheim Discovers 18 Possibly Nazi-Looted Artworks in Collection

The Kunsthalle Mannheim, in Germany, have discovered eighteen works in its collection that may have been stolen from Jewish owners by the Nazis. Included in these eighteen works are sculptures and drawings by artists Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Max Slevogt, and Edgar Degas, among others. The museum has registered the pieces with the German Lost Art Foundation and the Lostart database, in hopes of contacting possible heirs. The foundation was established last January to assist with institutions’ provenance research and to help uphold the Washington Principles of 1998, a set of guidelines for determining whether art was obtained illegally via the Nazi regime. The Kunsthalle Mannheim has been researching the provenance of its collection since 2011 and only recently discovered “clues that these works could have been stolen by the NS [National Socialist]...

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Two works of Malevitch painted underneath Carré Noir

On 12 November 2015, the Muscovite Gallery Tretiakov made public the discovery of two works of Kasimir Malevitch hidden under the coat of paint of his famous Carré Noir sur fond blanc (1915). An X ray analysis discovered these two works and its existence was made public during the inauguration of the exhibition “Sous le signe de Malevitch”, celebrating the 100 years of Carré Noir. According to the specialist Ekaterina Voronia, directed by the Tretiakov Gallery, the first painting was Cubo-Futuriste whereas the second was more or less proto-supremacist, attached to this school of Russian avant-garde of the 1910s which inspired the whole work of the artist. This last composition is made up of different geometric forms in multiple colours. More information will be made shortly following a thorough analysis of the...

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Picasso painting discovered on ship

On 31 July 2015, a painting by Pablo Picasso worth $25 million, whose exportation was forbidden by the Spanish authorities, was found by French customs on a boat, in Calvi, Corsica (France). After having asked the captain for certification, customs discovered a judgement notice given in Spanish, dated from May 2015 from the National Spanish Assembly, stating that the work is considered a national Spanish treasure, that is forbidden from leaving the national territory. Moreover, the export demand done in Bastia, Corsica, was not made in the name of the owner, banker Jaime Botin. In 2012 a first demand had been rejected by the Minister of Spanish Culture before the National Court judged the work “unexportable” three years later, because of its great value for Spain’s artistic...

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British art dealer discovers Monet painting

At an auction sale in Paris, a painting by famous Impressionist painter Claude Monet has been discovered, taped under one of the pastels bought by a British art dealer. Jonathan Green, Director of the Richard Richard Green Gallery in London, was very excited to discover a third pastel painting among his purchases. Green bought two paintings by Claude Monet at a Parisian auction sale, not knowing that a third artwork painted by the same artist was hiding under one of the works. Monet, considered as the founding father of the Impressionist painting style, is believed to have painted these three landscapes in 1868 before giving them to Anne-Marie Durand-Ruel, granddaughter of his art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, as a wedding present in 1924. According to the catalogue description notes, in the third image, Le Havre, “Monet exploits the paper’s blue colour to evoke the moisture-laden, azure-tinted coastal light”. Susan Morris, Richard Green gallery’s senior researcher, added: “It’s done with great economy of means. You can see the light hitting the side of the lighthouse, which is just done in a quick band of white pastel, and another band of grey on the shadowed side. You get a sense of the holiday crowds enjoying strolling on the jetty. It’s mostly black and grey, but there are a few dots of red and yellow as well, which change the whole tone. Although it’s quite airy, it’s also virtuosic.” The buyer Jonathan Green admitted that the hidden work would have significantly increased the price of the triple purchase, but has refused to reveal how much he paid for the two first...

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Ingres painting discovered in Jura attic

On Wednesday 22 April 2015, local news outlets Les Échos du Jura and Le Progrés revealed that in autumn of last year, a painting by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was discovered in the attic of the Hôtel-Dieu de Lons-Le-Saunier chapel during an inventory. The work, which is dated 1823, measures 4.3 by 3.4 metres, and was discovered in a dust-covered roll, forgotten for many years. Commissioned by King Charles X during his exile in Italy, the painting was supposed to be given as a gift to the town of Lons, but was temporarily moved for restoration works, ending up in the attic of the Hôtel-Dieu chapel. The DRAC will now take charge of the restoration of the painting, after which point it will be exhibited at the municipal museum of...

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