On Tuesday, more than 1,400 works of art that were labeled as “degenerate” before being seized and sold by the Nazis in the prelude to WWII were recovered from a Munich, Germany apartment.
Check out the slideshow for a look at a few of the recovered paintings.
"Village Girl with a Goat" by Gustav Courbet
The painting is one of two known paintings of the same subject by the 19th-century French realist. Art historian Meike Hoffmann, who is helping the investigation, said it was long considered to be lost. Documents show that it was sold at an auction in 1949, so it only found its way into the collection after World War II.
“Two riders on the beach” by Max Libermann
This work is of a favorite subject of the German painter that recurs repeatedly in his work. Investigators didn’t give details of the work’s history. Liebermann, who was Jewish, quit Germany’s Academy of Arts in 1933 after it decided no longer to exhibit works by Jewish artists. He died in 1935.
An untitled Marc Chagall
A depiction of an allegorical scene that isn’t contained in existing lists of work by the Jewish artist, who left France after the Nazi invasion, returned in 1948 and lived there until his death in 1985. Investigators haven’t yet cleared up where the piece came from.
Otto Dix Self-Portrait
A self-portrait of the German expressionist and realist artist smoking. Hoffmann said she believes it was painted around 1919. She said the work was “completely unknown” to date.
"Horses in Landscape"by Franz Marc
Marc was a German painter and print maker and a key figure in the German expressionist movement. He was killed at the Battle of Verdun during WWI.