This week’s deaths included a Nobel Prize-winning economist who taught at the University of Chicago; a German art collector who kept a secret stash of prized works stolen from Jews by the Nazis; and a former heavyweight boxing champion and longtime friend of Muhammad Ali. Below are summaries of these and other obituaries from the past week.
The western facade of the Rouen cathedral, painted by Claude Monet at different times of day and in different light, is a trademark of Impressionism. To discover 11 of the 28 versions hanging side by side at Rouen’s Musee des Beaux-Arts is alone worth the trip.
Cornelius Gurlitt, the art collector who for decades hoarded hundreds of works in his Munich apartment and in a house in Salzburg, has instructed his court-appointed adviser to hand back items looted from Jewish owners.
Somehow, short though his existence was, there always seems to be more to discover about the life and art of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). The past week has brought two revelations about the hot and feverishly busy summer of 1888, during which Vincent created some of his greatest work.
Ashes found in a stove in Romania owned by the mother of a suspected art thief contained fragments of oil paintings, said Ernest Oberlander-Tarnoveanu, the director of the museum that analyzed the charred remains.