NEW ART WORKS COME TO LIGHT IN GURLITT PROBE

Jul 25, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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German authorities say they are now in possesion of more major art works – from the  apartment of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt.

The latest pieces include two sculptures – believed to be works by Edgar Degas and Auguste Rodin.

A task force working to identify whether some works in the collection were stolen by the Nazis, says in a statement that “a small number” of further works have come to light – but declined to elaborate or comment on why they were never previously seized by Augsberg-based prosecutors.

They impounded more than 1,200 works by renowned artists including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse that Gurlitt had hoarded in his Munich apartment.

Gurlitt died on May 6th.

A probate court confiscated the newly-found works,  along with other items comprising Gurlitt’s estate – after his death.

The octogenarian recluse left his estate to the Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland – but  the museum has yet to officially accept the inheritance – and has until the end of the year to take possession of Gurlitt’s gift.

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