Ekkeheart Gurlitt has little good to say about his cousin Cornelius, who hoarded hundreds of works by artists such as Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall for the past half century. There’s one positive thing, though, that he’ll tell you about the 80-year-old recluse: He saved the art.
A man and a woman are entangled, embedded within a sea of flowers, her nude round breasts like grapefruit. Marc Chagall’s heady, dreamlike bouquet, “Lovers Among the Lilacs,” (1930) is mystical, redolent, erotic.
Winfried Bausback, Bavaria’s justice minister, is considering changing the German state’s law to make it easier for the federal government to claim a collection of art allegedly seized by the Nazis and hoarded for decades in a Munich apartment block.