Health Editor’s Note: One could question why the Jewish population, at the time of WWII, owned so much artwork done by famed artists. The German economy was suffering due to sanctions placed on Germans after WWI….Carol


Looted Nazi Art Found at Louvre

Emmanuelle Polack made the discovery less than one month after she was brought on board to study the museum’s ill-gotten artwork

by Theresa Machemer/Smithsonianmag.com

When World War II broke out, Parisian lawyer Armand Dorville owned a collection of more than 450 works by famed artists like Pierre Bonnard, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Édouard Manet. But after the Nazis invaded Paris in 1940, the Jewish lawyer was forced to abandon this trove, fleeing to his chateau in the country’s southern “free zone,” where he died of natural causes one year later. In Dorville’s absence, the Nazis seized his collection and auctioned it off in Nice over the course of four days in 1942.

Now, reports Philippe Dagen for Le Monde, art historian Emmanuelle Polack has identified ten pieces from Dorville’s cache in the Louvre’s collections, paving the way for the looted artworks’ return to his great-niece and heir.

Per Dorville’s will, the lawyer hoped to donate some of his collection to French museums including the Louvre and the Musée Carnavalet. Instead, the artworks were split between buyers across Europe, becoming some of the 100,000 artworks the Nazis looted in France between 1940 and 1945.

Around 60,000 of these works were returned to France by 1949, according to the New York Times’ Aurelien Breeden. Three-quarters of the returned works were quickly claimed by their rightful owners; the remainder was sold at auction or categorized by the government as Musées Nationaux Récupération, or National Museum Recovery (MNR).

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  1. Thank you Ms carol for the opening statement. Very good indeed! It should raise a lot of questions!
    Suffice to say, that like the Holohoax, an event which never existed AS TOLD and which is still song, and nauseating when the liberation of Auschwitz is celebrated this year in Israel while a genocide against the real descendant of Hebrews/Semites, that is the Palestinian People, in front of the world leaders/royalties who went there this year. Suffice to say that the “Nazi” looted art is an HOAX, yes another one fake history. We have to thank our Allies for that distortion of history. I researched this and came up with the same conclusions as New Jersey author Mike S KIng. His blog: DEBUNKING THE MYTH OF ‘NAZI’ LOOTED ART on Tomatobubble straight the record on what the real intention of Germany when forced to occupy much of Europe and protect all arts against the barbaric allied bombing both in WWI and WWII.