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February 2019 - Elginism

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February 10, 2019

The man who’s grandfather’s art was looted by the Nazis

Posted at 9:56 pm in Similar cases

In this and the next three posts, I’ll look briefly at the current state of restitution of Nazi looted art in the UK.

The first case in this story is not in the UK, but it makes a good introduction, by setting a clear context of how some people are only now trying to retrieve looted works and why they are doing so.

The quest to retrieve the Degas painting began in 1995 and became the first Nazi loot case to be settled in the USA. This is a reminder of how far we have managed to come in a few years. Museum attitudes are shifting, although not every country moves at the same pace.

Below is a summary of the story. Make sure you click through to it to listen to the entire two minute radio clip though.

Simon Goodman standing next to the portrait of his great-grandfather Eugen Gutmann, painted by the German artist Franz von Lenbach (1836-1904). Credit: Laura Hubber

Simon Goodman standing next to the portrait of his great-grandfather Eugen Gutmann, painted by the German artist Franz von Lenbach (1836-1904). Credit: Laura Hubber

From:
BBC World Service

My grandfather’s art was looted by the Nazis
08 February 2019

After the death of his father, Simon Goodman embarked on a 20-year mission to reclaim the world class artworks his German-Jewish ancestors had collected before World War Two.

Simon’s landmark discovery of the Degas painting ‘Landscape with Smokestacks’, which had once belonged to his family, became the first Nazi art looting case to be settled in the United States.