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5 paintings from the trove found in Germany

By Korea Herald

Published : Nov. 6, 2013 - 19:18

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AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) ― German investigators on Tuesday showed images of some of the hoard of more than 1,400 art works they found at a Munich apartment. Here is a glance at some of the highlights.

Max Liebermann

“Two riders on the beach,” a favorite subject of the German painter that recurs repeatedly in his work. Investigators didn’t give details of the work’s history. Liebermann, who was Jewish, quit Germany’s Academy of Arts in 1933 after it decided no longer to exhibit works by Jewish artists. He died in 1935.

Gustave Courbet

“Village girl with goat,” one of two known paintings of the same subject by the 19th-century French realist. Art historian Meike Hoffmann, who is helping the investigation, said it was long considered to be lost. Documents show that it was sold at an auction in 1949, so it only found its way into the collection after World War II.

Otto Dix

A self-portrait of the German expressionist and realist artist smoking. Hoffmann said she believes it was painted around 1919. She said the work was “completely unknown” to date.

Marc Chagall

A depiction of an allegorical scene that isn’t contained in existing lists of work by the Jewish artist, who left France after the Nazi invasion, returned in 1948 and lived there until his death in 1985. Investigators haven’t yet cleared up where the piece came from.

Henri Matisse

An untitled painting of a sitting woman that isn’t included in existing indexes of Matisse’s work. Experts date it to the mid-1920s, because the female figure and the room in which she sits are depicted in other Matisse pieces. It was seized by the Nazis from a bank in France in 1942.