June 23, 2024

Melchers Painting Seized by Nazis Confiscated by FBI

"Winter" by Gari Melchers.

“Winter” by Gari Melchers.

A Gari Melchers painting stolen by the Nazis in 1933 from a Jewish family has been confiscated by the FBI from an upstate New York museum, where it has been part of the collection for decades. Winter was among 1,200 works the Nazis looted from the collection owned by the descendants of Jewish publisher Rudolf Mosse, who were persecuted and forced to flee from Germany. It was later auctioned off in New York City to Bartlett Arkell, the founder of the Beech-Nut Packing Co., who in turn, donated it to his museum in upstate New York. According to a press release from Gari Melchers Home and Studio, Curator Joanna Catron assisted with the recovery by providing documents of Mosse’s purchase directly from the artist in 1900 and Winter’s reappearance at a sale at the MacBeth Gallery in New York in 1934.

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