Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Cornelius Gurlitt

How about that guy?  Dead at 81.  Go figure.

He, for you not in the loop, was the guy who the German authorities caught with a cache of thousands of WW2-era paintings and drawings in his Munich apartment, a great many of which were snatched during the Holocaust.  We're talking Picasso, Chagall (who, honestly, doesn't blow me away -- but that's just a personal thing), Matisse, Beckmann.  So we're talking real stuff.

There's a school of thought that says Beckmann, Caravaggio and me are the three greatest painters of black in history.

This is my boy Cornelius.  He had a bad heart to start with.  Being the center of one of the most sensational art uproars of the century didn't help.


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