The Easel

Mystery of the tainted cache

Restituting art looted by the Nazi’s has great moral clarity. So, when a trove of over 1600 art works linked to “Hitler’s art dealer” was discovered in 2013, many hoped for a moment of justice. Reality has disappointed. Despite extensive research, only fourteen works have been returned. Provenance of most other works is, says an investigator, “a very large grey area”. Tainted or otherwise, the collection now resides in a Swiss museum.