Paintings get lost and found. Sometimes, it would take years for them to be rediscovered. When found again, they may or may not be returned to its rightful owner, put to auction or displayed at a museum.
In Vienna, a rediscovered degenerate painting is now on display at the Belvedere Palace. The art piece entitled Im Gasthaus by a German-Swedish artist name Lotte Laserstein was taken by the Nazi’s for being degenerate. It is part of the “Vienna-Berlin: the Art of Two Cities” exhibit now going on at the Belvedere Palace. The exhibition will run until June 15.
This particular painting was done in 1927 and was then bought by the Berlin City council a year after. It features a woman sitting alone in a tavern with a beer. Analysts said the Nazi’s may have seized the artwork as it does not portray a typical feminine beauty. Another angle they were looking at was the fact that the painter was partly Jewish.
Later reports said art collector Bernhard Bohmer owned the painting during the Nazi era. Bohmer apparently committed suicide after the war but it was believed he gave the artwork to his Peter Bohmer who lived until 2007.
The original painter Lotte Laserstein passed away in the 1990s and only owned a photograph of her painting.
Meanwhile, the Im Gasthaus art piece got auctioned in Munich, Germany in June 2012 and was bought at 110,000 Euros by one bidder who recognized the painting.