|One stolen from René Magritte, |
see the forbidden symbol in the hand.
That art, which believes in the Nazis view were ‘degenerate art` however did it, it carried the signs of decay, it is truly alive and full of intellectual stimulation.
The paintings were categorised as ‘degenerate art’ by the Nazis, who either confiscated them or stole them from Jewish art collectors, The customs raid to retrieve them was a clandestine operation and kept secret by the authorities.
According to German media reports the apartment in which the paintings were found was said to have been an abandoned mess, full plates with the remains of rotting meals on them, food packaging, and old tins of canned food.
But the cache was said to contain works by dozens of 20th-century European masters and valued at an estimated €1bn has been found.
A cache of “lost” paintings looted by the Nazis before the Second World War containing some 1,500 works by world-renowned artists including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Emil Nolde, Franz Marc, Max Beckmann, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Max Liebermann. At least 300 of the paintings were said to be so-called “degenerate art works” that were thought to have been lost.
According to The Independet one man Meike Hoffmann, an art historian, has been trying to establish who the works belonged to before they were stolen. She said that at least 200 of the paintings were registered as being sought. German art experts say there are still vast numbers of paintings that remain unaccounted for