Meredith C. | February 19, 2014
A new federally funded pilot program is taking a look at paintings from six Canadian institutions (including the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery), to help fill in their histories and determine if any might have been Nazi-looted works from the Holocaust Era.
The program grant comes in support of helping to track down some of 100,000 works of art still estimated to have been looted by Nazis between the years 1932 and 1945. While it’s unknown how many of these works might currently reside in Canada, this new provenance research project hopes to create a searchable database that could bring some seized works of art back to their rightful owners.
As of today, only three claims have ever been laid in Canada regarding looted works: the National Gallery itself restituted Édouard Vuillard’s The Salon of Madame Aron, and two claims have been laid against the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, regarding the works of Gerrit van Honthorst’s The Duet (which has been restituted), and Charles Le Brun’s The Deification of Aeneas (which is still under investigation).
To find out more about these claims or to learn about the provenance research project, read the Globe and Mail article here.