Officials release more images in suspected Nazi art case

Officials in Germany have released an additional 54 images of artworks that were recovered from the Munich apartment where an art dealer was recently revealed to be hiding a stash of more than 1,400 pieces. 

The newly publicized works include some believed to have been created by Edvard Munch, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Max Liebermann.

Last week, officials began releasing images of art from the stash following international pressure for more transparency in the investigation. The 25 images that were released last week were made publicly available on the Lost Art Database, a German site that focuses on works of art believed to have been seized during World War II.

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The works of art recovered from the Munich apartment belong to Cornelius Gurlitt, an art dealer whose father was the Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt. Many believe that the works of art were improperly acquired during the Holocaust, possibly from Jewish owners who were forced to sell them or from museums that were required to deaccession art that was deemed "degenerate" by the Nazis.

Officials discovered the stash in 2012 but kept their find under wraps until the German magazine Focus broke the news in October.

On Thursday, the team leading the investigation released the 54 additional images on the Lost Art Databse. The pieces include drawings, lithographs and other works on paper. Among the works believed to be by Munch are several prints, including one depicting playwright August Strindberg.

Experts believe it could take years for the works of art to be authenticated.


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