Over the past few days the news has been full of the 1,500 artworks looted by the Nazi’s that have been found in Munich.
According to Anne Webber of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe this is just the tip of the iceberg, that there is most probably 90% still missing,
After all this time the original owners if they survived have most probably passed away but hopefully if any relatives can be traced they can be returned to their rightful owners.
I knew a bit about this subject but I decided to do some research.
Hitler thought he was a connoisseur of the arts even though he was a failed artist. He attacked modern art as degenerate believing that Cubism, Dadaism and Futurism was the product of a decedent 20th century,
When he came to power in 1933 he forced his ideals on Germany. The Nazi’s favoured the classical portraits and landscapes of Old Masters in particular those of German origin. Anything that was found on state museums and didn’t fit this ideal was sold or destroyed.
The Allies found hundreds of thousands of art loot in various places in 1945/46 including salt mines were they had been stored to keep them safe from allied bombing.