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Stolen Art Lost and Found

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  • Maria Victoria Altmann (1916 - 2011)
    Altmann (February 18, 1916 – February 7, 2011) was a Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria, noted for her ultimately successful legal campaign to reclaim five family-owned paintings by the artist Gustav Kli...
  • Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881 - 1973)
    Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso known as Pablo Ruiz Picasso (Spanish pronunciation: ['pa%CE%B2lo rwiθ pi'kaso]; 25 O...
  • Gustav Klimt (1862 - 1918)
    Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. His major works include paintings, murals, sket...
  • Lesser Ury (1861 - 1931)
    Lesser Ury (November 7, 1861 – October 18, 1931) was a German Jewish Impressionist painter and printmaker, associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting.He was born Leo Lesser Ury in Birnbaum, Gran...
  • Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
    Chagall (English pronunciation: /ʃəˈɡɑːl/, shə-GAHL; Yiddish: מאַרק שאַגאַל; Russian: Марк Заха́рович Шага́л; 7 July 1887 – 28 March 1985), was a Belarusian (that time Russian Empire) French artist, as...

This project is to note the artists whose art was stolen, lost , or found after theft.

Many artists during WWII had their art looted and sold or destroyed by the Nazi Germany, Japan and the Soviet Union.

Some of the artists whose art was stolen were labeled Degenerate by the Nazi Regime.

There is also a project for the Degenerate Artists and many artists profiles are not on yet.

Recently, two works by Van Gogh have been recovered that were said to be lost 14 years ago.

This is a working project and all collaborators are welcomed. Suggestions are also welcomed on how to streamline the project description or to categorize it by era or artist.

Pablo Picasso is most stolen artist in the world...

  • Please add any artists who apply that have had their artwork stolen, lost, destroyed by oppressive regimes or art theft.

Read more about it here:

Lists of Stolen Paintings

Monuments Men

A movie with Matt Damon and George Cloony was made about finding the stolen art during World War II.

Woman in Gold

Sixty years after fleeing Vienna, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish woman, attempts to reclaim family possessions that were seized by the Nazis. Among them is a famous portrait of Maria's beloved Aunt Adele: Gustave Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I." With the help of young lawyer Randy Schoeberg (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks upon a lengthy legal battle to recover this painting and several others, but it will not be easy, for Austria considers them national treasures.