Nov 21, 2013
By Michael Kramer
More images and details have been released concerning the massive trove of art that was discovered in a Munich apartment last year.
The official “Lost Art” website has posted a further 54 entries online, taking the total to 79.
The new items include works by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch and French painter Toulouse-Lautrec.
The works include some that were possibly seized from Jewish owners during the Nazi regime.
They’re among more than 1,400 artworks that German authorities found in the home of recluse collector Cornelius Gurlitt in early 2012. The 80-year-old is under investigation for tax offences, but prosecutors are also examining whether the paintings, prints and drawings he says he inherited from his father were “misappropriated.”
German authorities have come under intense pressure to release as much information on the pictures as possible – after Officials in Bavaria and Berlin had kept their investigation under wraps for almost two years until the German magazine Focus revealed the case earlier this month.
The head of the European Jewish Congress has urged Germany to consider lifting its 30-year statute of limitations – that legal experts say could prevent the pictures from being handed back to their previous owners.
Several heirs of Jewish collectors persecuted by the Nazis have already come forward to claim individual artworks in the Gurlitt collection.