After nigh on 80 years this cache of paintings has been found in an attic. Dubbed ‘degenerate art’ I guess it symbolised at the time everything that was ‘non-Aryan’ and was looted by the Nazis, removed from view. It’s surprising of course that it wasn’t destroyed if it caused such disgust so I suspect the real masterplan was to live off the proceeds of later sale of the art. Anyway it’s now seen the light of day again and maybe one day we’ll get to appreciate it.
a schism of cubist art
where the pube is the mouth
and the mouth is the nose
and goodness knows where the penis goes.
Thousands of paintings squirreled away
3rd November 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes: “Looted by the Nazis, found in a squalid apartment: €1bn cache of ‘degenerate art’.” A cache of “lost” paintings looted by the Nazis before the Second World War containing some 1,500 works by world-renowned artists including Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and Klee and valued at an estimated €1bn has been found. The paintings were categorised as ‘degenerate art’ by the Nazis, who either confiscated them or stole them from Jewish art collectors.
- Looted by the Nazis, found in a squalid apartment: €1bn cache of ‘degenerate art’ (independent.co.uk)
- Nazi-Looted Trove Found of 1500 Works Worth $1.35 Bln – Businessweek (businessweek.com)
- Does the Munich hoard turn the story of art and the Nazis on its head? (theguardian.com)
- 1,500 Nazi-looted works of art uncovered in Munich (timesofisrael.com)