“Schwabing Art Trove” – 39 Toulouse-Lautrec Works and more

Posted November 27th, 2013

Drawing, France, Germany, Lost Art, News

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It’s hard to believe that this press release about the “Schwabing art trove” from 11 November is the only reaction from the “the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice, the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts, the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media” is the only official reaction so far. And the headline “Schwabing Art Trove” makes it sound like some sort of provincial affair around Munich. This could get ugly if Germany continues to play stupid.

Report München, a respected investigative program, reported yesterday that Cornelius Gurlitt was by no means a “phantom” and actually quite well known in the Munich art world. A Liebermann painting from his collection had been shown in public in 1954 already. Report München interviewed Anne Webber (Commission for Looted Art in Europe) who has been on the case for a while. She is voiced over but a video and a transcript in German are here.)
The story may have only started as Germany now has to explain what it intends to do with thousands of other pieces of looted art in German museums.

At least the database for the Munich Art Trove at Lost Art is sort of stable now, but the information is still in German only.

Hyperallergic writes: “Among the 1,406 artworks discovered throughout the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt are 39 pieces by French painter and printmaker Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The works are all drawings and prints — some lightly penciled, others heavily inked; most of them black and white, although occasionally the vivid color for which Toulouse-Lautrec is known pops up. None of the pieces seem seriously significant, but together they make a compelling body that evinces the artist’s process.”

You can look at the collection over at Hyperallergic.