Masterpieces from the Berlin Museums Exhibited in Cooperation with the Department of the Army 1948–1949
Exhibition catalog for 1948-1949 exhibition that traveled to 8 museums in the US. All of the paintings came from the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum, Berlin except for those by Daumier and Manet, which came from the National-Galarie, Berlin.
Over 200 paintings brought to the United States in December 1945 "for safe keeping" by the Department of the Army, and stored at the National Gallery in spite of furious opposition from museum directors, Gallery staff, the public, government officials, and a resolution in May 1946 from 98 leading art authorities demanding the immediate return of these works to Germany.
They were found in April 1945, along with 100 tons of Reichsbank gold, by the American Third Army when it captured the Kaiserroda Works at Merkers in Thuringia. The paintings had been stored in salt mines 2,100 feet underground for protection from Allied bombing of Berlin. These works were exhibited in 1948 at the request of the Department of the Army and the Senate Armed Services Committee. Following the close of the exhibition, custody of the paintings passed from the National Gallery to the Department of the Army.
The works were sent on a tour of the country. This catalog is from the Cleveland Museum exhibition, one of the venues. Other venues included the Detroit Institute of Arts; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; City Art Museum of Saint Louis; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; and the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio.
Author: Department of the Army.
Title: Masterpieces from the Berlin Museums Exhibited in Cooperation with the Department of the Army 1948–1949.
Publisher: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1948.
Condition: Unmarked. Very Good.
Keywords: French Art, German Art, 19th Century Art, Monuments Men, Army Exhibition, World War II Controversy, War Booty, European Art, Art History, Museums
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