lost treasures

Nazi Art Trove Recovered

It's like a story straight out of a movie: 1,500 works of art stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s have been re-discovered in Munich, according a German report. If the collection is confirmed, it ranks among the most significant artistic finds of the post-war era. The trove of modernist masterpieces, which were likely confiscated as "degenerate art" from Jewish collectors, reportedly includes lost works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and Marc Chagall. The cachet was discovered in the possession of a German who inherited it from his art collector father—and kept it hidden in dark rooms, selling one every now and again. The works were discovered in 2011 but apparently German customs officials had been keeping the discovery quiet due to diplomatic and legal complications.