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Gurlitt passed away. What awaits thousands of works from the scandalous collection?

Cornelius Gurlitt, a secretive owner of the most valuable collection of masterpieces discovered in 2011 that were considered lost in 2011, died in his Munich apartment at the age of 82. These are thousands of works from Picasso, Matisse, Otto Dix, Nolde and Chagall to Dürer, Toulouse-Lautrec and Tiepolo. Now their fate is in question because of the controversial origin of the collection with a clear "Nazi trail," and the claims of the heirs of the former owners, who once had their paintings seized.Gurlitt had a heart surgery last year and has been recovering for a long time at the medical center and sanatorium. At this time, he continued to hide from the world - the discovery of the collection caused a stir. Recall that in November 2013, an art treasure was made public: in the Munich apartment of the hiding recluse Cornelius Gurlitt, about 1.4 thousand works of famous artists that were considered lost during the bombing of Dresden in 1945 were accidentally discovered.

On the destruction of paintings once said the father of Cornelius, art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, when the Nazis gathered masterpieces is not always the "clean" way. He bought a sad "confiscated" so-called for a pittance. "Degenerative art" from the exhibitions, as well as paintings seized from the owners - victims of the Holocaust. At the same time, he participated in the procurement of paintings for the Fuhrer's personal museum, and the works of old masters, “true masterpieces”, also appeared in his personal collection. “Father saved all these pictures,” his son Cornelius counted.

The “Gurlitt Collection” (older, then younger) is paintings, drawings, sketches by modernists and old masters of world magnitude. Among the works concealed by the collector are predominantly modern canvases: Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Otto Dix, Emile Nolde, Franz Marc, Paul Klee, Max Beckmann, Oscar Kokoschka, Max Lieberman and many others. There are also pictures of old masters and artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The continuation of the list of names also sounds like music: Durer, Canaletto, Delacroix, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, Francesco Guardi, Jean-Honore Fragonard ... Continue? Works of Ingres, Gauguin, Manet, Tiepolo, Hokusai ...
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The first, the largest part of the collection was discovered and confiscated by the authorities in Munich - the same 1.4 thousand works from paintings to, mainly, engravings and sketches. The second impressive part of the collection - 238 works - is in Austria, and there the authorities did not confiscate anything. The “Austrian part” is smaller in quantity, but there are more oil paintings there, which are highly valued. The total cost of the collection is unknown, usually figures from 1.5 to 2 billion dollars appear.

In time, some of the paintings were to be returned to Gurlitt, he also agreed to consider the claims of the heirs of Holocaust victims. Those already officially presented six. Now Gurlitt is not. And the collection has remained. So, wait for the news ...

The authors of the works (slider): Gauguin, Lukas Cranach Sr., Delacroix, Otto Dix, Durer, Hans Holbein - Jr., Edvard Munch, Toulouse - Lautrec.