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Further Gurlitt works will be restituted : the Handover of the portrait of Thomas Couture in the Martin-Gropius-Bau to the heirs

A day after the end of the Gurlitt exhibition in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, state Minister for Culture, Monika Grütters, said on Tuesday another image to the descendants of Jewish collectors: the portrait of a seated young woman by Thomas Couture (1815-1879). It is the sixth work that can be classified as Nazi-looted art, of around 1,300 works from the soon to nine years in Munich, and in Salzburg emerged collection of Cornelius Gurlitt. To Coutures picture of the hardships of the provenance research, as well as the nevertheless, minimal of prey art-rate in the Gurlitt estate. The Nazi art dealer-operated quite obvious obfuscation tactics, the Bonn and Bern and, finally, Berlin getourte exhibition "inventory Gurlitt" vividly. In the case of many works of research there is therefore still a need.
For the "Portrait de jeune femme assise", but the origin is clarified. The Restitution can be accomplished. It comes from the possession of the French politician Georges Mandel (1885– 1944), who had been condemned by the Vichy government in 1942, to life imprisonment. After his stay in the concentration camp of Buchenwald and the return transfer to the Paris prison, he was executed by the French militia. The special commando Künsberg, the Germans looted art organizations in Paris, and had since vacated the order of the foreign office, long ago, the apartment of the former French Minister of the interior and its Art holdings in the German Embassy spent. A note of the legendary art expert Rose Valland, according to a statement from Mandel's companion in the chest, the portrait of a restored hole referenced was brought to the provenance researchers decades later to track down. Also, the Gurlitt specimen has such a retouching as the restorers discovered under infrared light after all.
For the Berlin Station of the Gurlitt exhibition, the Couture was the image of something like a key frame, which hung in the entrance hall. It should at least show a visible success of the time-consuming provenance research. It will now be passed on the day after the end of the Exhibition in Martin-Gropius-Bau, the descendants of Mandel's public effective, fits in the dramaturgy. The exhibition itself will still continue walking, to Israel, and possibly also France. As long as the heirs understandably didn't want to wait for your Couture, obviously.

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