Gurlitt horde (ctd.)

August 19 2014

Image of Gurlitt horde (ctd.)

Picture: Zuma Press

The German government body looking into restitution claims around Cornelius Gurlitt's collection has decided that the above Max Liebermann painting was indeed 'Nazi loot' (the Wall Street Journal reports) and should be returned to the heirs of David Friedmann, a German-Jewish collector who died in the early 1940s. However, that doesn't mean the heirs can claim their painting just yet, for the Kunstsmuseum in Bern, which Gurlitt bequeathed his collection to, has yet to decide whether to accept the works. If it does, it will have to return the Lieberman. The WSJ article tells us other intriguing facts; the picture has a 'milky white grime' over it, as a result of being stored amont fruit in Gurlitt's flat. 

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