Nov 28, 2014
By Michael Kramer
The Jewish Claims Conference says at least one of the paintings – in a newly published inventory of artworks that belonged to late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt – was stolen by the Nazis.
Executive vice-president Greg Schneider says a Pissaro painting – among about 250 artworks found in Gurlitt’s Salzburg property – matched a work on a Claims Conference list of looted art.
Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern inherited the collection, in a bequest from Gurlitt’s will.
The Swiss museum has posted lists of the Salzburg works – and some of the 1,280 others found in Gurlitt’s Munich apartment – online.
The museum says it will investigate the provenance of the Salzburg pieces and expects to decide in three months – which items to turn over as possibly looted art.
Schneider praises the museum’s transparency, but says more time is needed to investigate the artworks.