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Berlin Street Scene


Dimensions: 12.75 X 17.5
Size: Large
496 pieces

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1913.

Kirchner was labeled a degenerate artist by the Nazis in the 1930s, and over 600 of his works were destroyed.  Jewish shoe manufacturer Alfred Hess acquired this painting before the Nazis came to power, and the Hess collection was safely shipped to Zurich in 1933.  The Gestapo later forced the family to return it to Germany, where it was “repatriated” to a German owner, and it was subsequently given to a German museum.  In 2004 the Hess heirs successfully sued for restitution, and the painting sold at auction for $38 million.

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