Raiders of the Lost Art


unbelievable!  You wouldn’t think there was many more paintings by famous artists to be discovered would you?  But 140 works by modern artists are being put up for auction.  They were found in a Paris Bank vault in 1979 and neglected for all this time, belonged to art dealer Ambroise Vollard.  Read about it here

One of Manet's self portraits

There’s a piece like Andre Derain who was one of the major Fauvists alongside Vlanminck and Matisse.  this particular painting in pristine condition is thought to fetch between 9 – 14 million!  Amazing – where do they get these figures from?     A self-portrait of the artist Eduard Manet will also be offered along side the Derain painting  at Sotheby’s London UK June 22.  

Hitler with his confiscated art

 It makes you wonder just how much art is still lieing in bank vaults around the world.  A lot of art was confiscated by the Nazi’s as ‘degenerate’ .  After the war some owners never got their art back, though there are some happy reunions (here)   Good article here.

image of confiscated art from here

Manet portrait image from here

4 thoughts on “Raiders of the Lost Art

  1. Yes, this is odd considering how well known Vollard was. You would think this is something that would be missed? It would be enlightening to inventory the masterpieces in the various museums and determine if they are war-booty going back several centuries. Isn’t there still some friction over the Elgin Marbles?

  2. Yes, I heard something about that. At my university, we had a big piece of (I think it was marble) frieze going across a wall. I was told that it was part of some Greek treasure trove that was divided up between universaries (not the Elgin marbles I know) but you can see how these things happen. I bet you’re right – I bet there’s a lot of War booty in these museums which has never been reclaimed….

  3. it is refreshing to see the self-portrait of manet, the famed prime mover of the impressionistic era. i love his paintings. thanks for posting and i just hope that many more paintings should come out from the open.

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