The heir of a prominent Jewish art dealer who fled Adolf Hitler’s Germany urged the state of North Rhine-Westphalia to relinquish paintings by Paul Klee and Juan Gris that he says were lost due to Nazi persecution.
In one series of drawings we can watch a cow transform -- almost cinematically -- from recognizable bovine into a purely abstract construction of lines and rectangular planes. Distilled into the essential forms and dynamics of its architecture, the animal completely disappears.
Fritz Salo Glaser was due to be among the last Jews deported out of Dresden on Feb. 16, 1945. Three days before, Allied fire bombs reduced the city to rubble and saved Glaser from Theresienstadt concentration camp.