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Press Clipping: A Suit Over Schiele Drawings Invokes New Law on Nazi-Looted Art

The New York Times

A Suit Over Schiele Drawings Invokes New Law on Nazi-Looted Art


Egon Schiele’s “Woman Hiding Her Face” (1912) is one of two drawings at issue in a suit brought by heirs of the collector Fritz Grunbaum.

When the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act was adopted unanimously by Congress in December, it was widely praised as a necessary tool to help the heirs of Holocaust victims recover art stolen from their families during World War II.

Now the efficacy of the HEAR Act, as it is known, may get an early test in New York State Court, where the heirs of Fritz Grunbaum, an Austrian Jewish entertainer, are citing it in efforts to claim two valuable colorful drawings by Egon Schiele.

Read the full article in the New York Times here



Watch and Listen! Powerpoint and Audio of Schiele’s Dead City: Nazi Art Looting at Sotheby’s Institute/New York State Bar Association

Egon Schiele’s Dead City – Stolen from Fritz Grunbaum

You can WATCH and LISTEN to my Powerpoint presentation with audio is now available here from the presentation I gave at Sotheby’s Institute on March 24, 2010 in a program sponsored by the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, chaired by Prof. Judith Prowda.

More material on artworks stolen from Fritz Grunbaum while he was in the Dachau Concentration Camp can be found at  http://artstolenfromfritzgrunbaum.wordpress.com/.

Egon Schiele’s Girl With Black HairExperts Agree Stolen From Fritz Grunbaum
Falsified Provenance Published by Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Art Museum
Watch and listen to my Sotheby’s Institute presentation and learn about why Oberlin College’s provenance of Girl With Black Hair, found here, is false.
A summary of the evidence that Oberlin College has concealed below:
Below:  the cover of the 1956 Gutekunst & Klipstein (aka Galerie Kornfeld) – Eberhard Kornfeld testified that all of the artworks in this catalog belonged to Fritz Grunbaum. Dead City was the only artwork pictured that listed Fritz Grunbaum as the prior owner.
Oberlin has never put Fritz Grunbaum’s ownership of Girl With Black Hair in the provenance even though evidence of experts concluding that Fritz Grunbaum owned Girl With Black Hair was reported by Steven Litt of The Plain Dealer
Prewar catalogs show that Fritz Grunbaum owned Girl With Black HairOberlin refuses to list these catalogs in its provenance of Girl With Black Hair
G. Girl With Black Hair, according to Eberhard Kornfeld, spent 147 days in Switzerland before being sold to Otto Kallir on September 18, 1956.
Otto Kallir was Fritz Grunbaum’s art dealer in Vienna.  Kallir had catalogued Dead City as being in Fritz Grunbaum’s collection in 1930 when he wrote a catalogue raisonne of Schiele’s oils.   As Otto Kallir’s grand-daughter, Jane Kallir, testified at trial:  Fritz Grunbaum owned Girl With Black Hair.

So why does Oberlin‘s President Marvin Krislov refuse to admit Fritz Grunbaum’s ownership?

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by Ray Dowd at 7:32 PM

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