Looted f. Fritz Grunbaum

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During his lifetime, Fritz Grünbaum was a well-known art collector, especially of Austrian modernist art, whose artworks were featured in famous catalogues and exhibitions. His collection extended to over 400 pieces, 80 of them have been works made by Egon Schiele (1890-1918). This collection disappeared during NAZI time and 25% of the collection appeared on the art market in the early 1950, through Swiss Art dealer Eberhard Kornfeld. The fate of the remaining rest is buried in the past up till now. The known works out of the collection Fritz Grünbaum you can find in the collections of prominent museums. You can find details about the known part of the Collection at LostArt.de: The Collection Gruenbaum

Provenance: Gutekunst & Klipstein, Bern; Galerie St.Etienne, New York; Otto Schönthal Museum Leopold: Mathilde Lukacs, Vienna, afterwards Brussels; Klipstein & Kornfeld, Bern, Sales Exhibition Egon Schiele, 8. September- 6. October 1956, Cat. Nr. 35; Gallery St. Etienne, New York; Otto Schönthal, Vienna; Rudolf Leopold, Vienna As per:"Leopold, Rudolf; Schiele, Egon [III.]; Ausstellung Egon Schiele - Die Sammlung Leopold, Wien, 1995" ISBN 3-7701-3474-5: Gutekunst & Klipstein, Bern; Gallery St. Etienne, New York; Otto Schönthal, Vienna; Rudolf Leopold, Vienna Provenance as per research database Leopoldmuseum: (1939) Franz Friedrich Grünbaum (pseudonym: Fritz Grünbaum), Vienna (7.April 1880-14.January 1941);(1) 1941 Elisabeth Grünbaum, Vienna, (28.4.1898-10.10.1942); [Elisabeth Grünbaum was - according to a testament which was presented 1954 on the occasion of to file a petition to the declaration of death- residuary legatee of Franz Friedrich Grünbaum.] (2) Mathilde Lukacs, Vienna, afterwards (from approximately 1946) Brussels; [Mathilde Lukacs nee Herzl (30.September 1883-15.December 1979) was a sister of Elisabeth Grünbaum, nee Herzl.] 1956 Klipstein & Kornfeld, Bern (Purchase of Mathilde Lukacs); (3) Early/mid sixties private collection Rudolf Leopold, Vienna (Purchase of Otto Kallir via Otto Schönthal); (4) 1994 Leopold Museum (foundation). As per correspondence Kornfeld/Lukacs (presented by David Bacalar) P0048: 1956 bought from Lukacs As per Correspondence Kornfeld/Bratschi (handed over by Thomas Buomberger): Delivery from Bruxelles to Bern by E.W. Kornfeld, November 11th 1955 for purchase (December 7th, 1955): BookkeepingNr. 36513 Dossier Fritz Grünbaum, provenance research bm:ukk – LMP, Mag. Dr. Sonja Niederacher, June, 30th 2010 (S 89ff): Presumable part of the Collection Grünbaum
As per Neue Galerie Nr. 324/84 (Correspondence Nirenstein/ Grünbaum: 1928 in possesion of Fritz Grünbaum Provenance as per Online-database Collection Leopold: Erich Lederer (1896 - 1985) Vienna (after 1938 Geneva); Privat collection Rudolf Leopold, Wien; 1994 Leopold Museum (Stiftung). Dokumentation: Rudolf Leopold: Egon Schiele Taf. 136; Jane Kallir: Egon Schiele. The Complete Works D. 1418 As per Correspondence Kornfeld/Bratschi (handed over by Thomas Buomberger): Delivery from Bruxelles to Bern by E.W. Kornfeld, November 11th 1955 for purchase (December 7th, 1955): BookkeepingNr. 36236 Dossier Fritz Grünbaum, provenance research bm:ukk – LMP, Mag. Dr. Sonja Niederacher, June, 30th 2010 (S 66ff): Has been proved as part of the Collection Grünbaum Decision Comission Michalek ( based on Dossier Fritz Grünbaum, provenance research bm:ukk): Were these paintings national property, and were the Art Restitution Act Fed. Law Gazette I 1998/181 as amended by Fed. Law Gazette I 2007/117 applicable, an actus reus pursuant to section 1 par. 1 of the Art Restitution Act could not be identified on the basis of the materials available to the commission.
Provenance as per Otto Nirenstein-Kallir: Owner: Fritz Grümbaum, Wien Slg. Dr. Alfred Spitzer Privat property, Vienna Provenance as per "Jane Kallier: Egon Schiele, The Complete Works 1998, New York" : Acquired from the artist; Arthur Roessler; Alfred Spitzer; Fritz Grünbaum; Gutekunst & Klipstein, Bern; Galerie St. Etienne, New York Provenance as per: "Leopold, Rudolf; Schiele, Egon [III.]; Ausstellung Egon Schiele - Die Sammlung Leopold, Wien, 1995" ISBN 3-7701-3474-5: Arthur Roessler, Vienna; Alfred Spitzer, Vienna; Fritz Grünbaum, Vienna; Gutekunst & Klipstein, Bern; Gallery St. Etienne, New York; Rudolf Leopold, Vienna Provenance as per research database Leopoldmuseum: Before 1918 Arthur Rössler (Acquired from the artist); (1) Alfred Spitzer, (3.December 1861, Friedeck, Silesia - 26.April 1923, Vienna); (2) (1939) Franz Friedrich Grünbaum (pseudonym: Fritz Grünbaum), Vienna (7.April 1880-14.January 1941);(3) 1941 Elisabeth Grünbaum, Vienna, (28.4.1898-10.10.1942); [Elisabeth Grünbaum was - according to a testament which was presented 1954 on the occasion of to file a petition to the declaration of death- residuary legatee of Franz Friedrich Grünbaum.] (4) Mathilde Lukacs, Vienna, afterwards (from approximately 1946) Brussels; [Mathilde Lukacs nee Herzl (30.September 1883-15.December 1979) was a sister of Elisabeth Grünbaum, nee Herzl.] 1956 Klipstein & Kornfeld, Bern (Purchase of Mathilde Lukacs); (5) 1956 Otto Kallir, Gallery St. Etienne, New York (Purchase of Klipstein & Kornfeld, Bern, Sales exhibition, 8. September - 6.October 1956); 1958 Private collection Rudolf Leopold, Vienna (By way of exchange from Otto Kallir, Gallery St. Etienne, New York); (6) 1994 Leopold Museum (Foundation). [Early in 1998 the painting became seized by the office of the district attorney after an exhibition in New York. In September 1999 the confiscation became lifted and the painting returned to Vienna]. http://www.austria.org/press/47.html Egon Shiele, "Dead City," 1911 Contact: Austrian Information Service, Washington D.C., Date: January 16, 1998: The "Dead City" was acquired by Dr. Leopold from Dr. Otto Kallir in New York City around 1960. The Viennese art dealer Dr. Otto Kallir emigrated in 1938 via Paris to New York were he established the still-Galerie St. Etienne. Dr. Kallir purchased "Dead City" from the Klipstein and Kornfeld gallery (formally Gutekunst und Klipstein) in Berne, Switzerland, in 1956. According to Eberhard Kornfeld the painting had been received from Mrs. Mathilde Lukacs, the sister-in-law of the Viennese cabaret comedian Fritz Grünbaum who was murdered in Dachau concentration camp. As per correspondence Kornfeld/Lukacs (presented by David Bacalar) P0049: 1956 bought from Lukacs Check of Eberhard Kornfeld to Otto Kallir from 18.September 1956 (as per Document Kal 0001/ Subpoena for Documents and deposition of Jane Kallir - Galerie St. Etienne) As per Correspondence Kornfeld/Bratschi (handed over by Thomas Buomberger): Delivery to Bern by M. Lukacs, April 24th 1956 for purchase (May 22nd, 1956): BookkeepingNr. 36763 Dossier Fritz Grünbaum, provenance research bm:ukk – LMP, Mag. Dr. Sonja Niederacher, June, 30th 2010 (S 58ff): Has been proved as part of the Collection Grünbaum Decision Comission Michalek ( based on Dossier Fritz Grünbaum, provenance research bm:ukk): Were these paintings national property, and were the Art Restitution Act Fed. Law Gazette I 1998/181 as amended by Fed. Law Gazette I 2007/117 applicable, an actus reus pursuant to section 1 par. 1 of the Art Restitution Act could not be identified on the basis of the materials available to the commission.
Provenance as per Jane Kallier: Egon Schiele, The Complete works 1998, New York: Alfred Spitzer; Viktor Pogarassy; Galerie Würthle, Vienna Provenance Leopold Museum: Alfred Spitzer, Vienna; Fritz Grünbaum Vienna; Elisabeth Grünbaum, Vienna; Mathilde Lukacs, Vienna afterwards Brussels; Klipstein & Kornfeld, Bern, Sales exhibition 8. September. - 6. October 1956, Cat. Nr. 5; Gallery St. Etienne, New York; Viktor Fogarassy, Graz; Gallery Würthle, Vienna; Rudolf Leopold, Vienna. Provenance as per: "Leopold, Rudolf; Schiele, Egon [III.]; Ausstellung Egon Schiele - Die Sammlung Leopold, Wien, 1995" ISBN 3-7701-3474-5: Alfred Spitzer, Vienna; Viktor Fogarassy, Graz; Gallery Würthle, Vienna; Rudolf Leopold, Vienna Provenance as per research database Leopoldmuseum: Before 1923 Alfred Spitzer (3.December 1861, Friedeck, Silesia - 26.April 1923, Vienna); (2) (1939) Franz Friedrich Grünbaum (pseudonym: Fritz Grünbaum), Vienna (7.April 1880-14.January 1941);(3) 1941 Elisabeth Grünbaum, Vienna, (28.4.1898-10.10.1942); [Elisabeth Grünbaum was - according to a testament which was presented 1954 on the occasion of to file a petition to the declaration of death- residuary legatee of Franz Friedrich Grünbaum.] (4) Mathilde Lukacs, Vienna, afterwards (from approximately 1946) Brussels; [Mathilde Lukacs nee Herzl (30.September 1883-15.December 1979) was a sister of Elisabeth Grünbaum, nee Herzl.] 1956 Klipstein & Kornfeld, Bern (Purchase of Mathilde Lukacs); (5) Viktor Fogarassy (6.May.1911-24.March1989), Graz; Gallery Würthle, Vienna; around 1970 private collection Rudolf Leopold, Vienna (Purchase of the Gallery Würthle, Vienna); (6) 1994 Leopold Museum (Foundation). As per Correspondence Kornfeld/Bratschi (handed over by Thomas Buomberger): Delivery to Bern by M. Lukacs, April 24th 1956 for purchase (May 22nd, 1956): BookkeepingNr.36768 As per Profil 26/2010: Leopold bought this drawing from Kurt Dichand Dossier Fritz Grünbaum, provenance research bm:ukk – LMP, Mag. Dr. Sonja Niederacher, June, 30th 2010 (S 75ff): Presumable part of the Collection Grünbaum
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