“degenerate art” paintings found in an apartment in Munich, Germany. Cornelius Gurtlitt, an elderly gentleman in his late seventies, under investigation for tax evasion was reported to have 1,400 works of art stashed in his apartment (States News Service). Mr. Gurlitt claims that the works belonged to him and were collected by his father Hldebrand Gurlitt. In this paper I would like to look at the issue of family secrets related to the collection art. Why these works of art create such an obsession among their collectors that they are willing to create family secrets that effect generations.
In the case of Cornelius Gurlitt his life was transformed by his father’s activities during World War II. Dr. Hildebrand Gurlitt directed the Zwichua Museum before Hitler’s rise to power was removed as director for “pursuing an artistic policy affronting the healthy folk feeling of Germany” (Nicholas,9). Despite this he would later be considered one of the head art dealers for Hitler selling the types of work that he was fired for showing in the Zwichau Museum. It is possible that through...
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