Johann Sperl, Frühlingslandschaft, c. 1880,
Oil on wood, 36,1 x 15,5 cm
Photo: Sibylle Forster

27 August 2021

27 August 2021: The Bavarian State Painting Collections restitute Nazi-Looted art to the heirs of former owner Sigmund Waldes

The Bavarian State Painting Collections have restituted the painting "Frühlingslandschaft" by Johann Sperl (1840-1914, inv. no. 12572) to the heirs of the entrepreneur and art collector Sigmund Waldes (1877-1961), following a restitution application by the heirs. As part of broader research into its art holdings of National Socialist origin, the Bavarian State Painting Collections conducted intensive research into the provenance of the painting in question. This confirmed the results of research by representatives of the heirs (report by Dr. Irena Strelow), namely that the work was seized from its owner Sigmund Waldes in 1939/41 as a result of Nazi persecution. This 22nd restitution by the Bavarian State Painting Collections following the Washington Declaration of 1998 is not being marked with a ceremonial handover due to the pandemic. This is both at the request of and in agreement with Sigmund Waldes’s heirs.

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JOSEPH WOPFNER Fischerboote bei Frauenchiemsee, 1884
50 x 72,8 cm

31 May 2021


The painting „Fishing Boats near Frauenchiemsee“ by Joseph Wopfner was formally restituted to the community of heirs of Alfred Isay in December 2019. It was planned for the work to be handed over in March 2020 in Munich but this was cancelled due to travel restrictions necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic. This, the 20th restitution made by the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in line with the ‘Washington Principles’ of 1998 will now take place without the work being handed over personally because of the continuing pandemic and at the request of the community of heirs.


Bayerisch um 1480, Hl. Florian, um 1480
125,3 x 65,2 cm

23 April 2021


In April 2021 a late medieval wooden panel depicting Saint Florian, formerly in the ownership of the art dealer A. S. Drey, was restituted to the legal successors, i.e. to the community of heirs of the art dealer A. S. Drey. The work is to be handed over to a legal representative of the art dealer’s on behalf of the community of heirs. This, the 21st restitution made by the Bavarian State Painting Collections in line with the ‘Washington Principles’, will take place in the Pinakothek Museum without a personal meeting due to the pandemic.


Copy after Albert Cuyp, On the Ice 18th/19th century
Oil on canvas
66,8 x 42,3 cm

05 August 2019

05.08.2019: Restitution of nine works of art of the couple Julius and Semaya Franziska Davidsohn

Bavarian State Minister of the Arts Bernd Sibler returns together with the Bavarian State Painting Collections,
the Bavarian National Museum and the State Collections of Prints and Drawings, Munich, works of art,
which were confiscated by the Gestapo, to the community of heirs from Europe, Asia and Africa.

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Ernst Immanuel Müller Bauernstube; Studie (Farmhouse Parlour; study), before 1915
Oil on canvas, 66.8 x 42.3 cm

25 July 2018

25.07.2018: Restitution of a painting by Ernst Immanuel Müller

As a result of proactive research in 2017/2018 the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen are restituting a work by Ernst Immanuel Müller to the community of heirs of Ludwig Friedmann (30.10.1880-07.03.1943).

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The Raising of Lazarus South German Master, c. 1530–1540,
Softwood (Abies alba), 107 x 160.2 cm

From the estate of James von Bleichröder (1859–1937)
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Staatsgalerie at Schloss Johannisburg Aschaffenburg
Inventory No. 13269

21 JULY 2017

21.07.2017: Restitution of a work from the collection of James von Bleichröder

The Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen has restored the painting 'The Raising of Lazarus' by a south-German master to the joint heirs of the Berlin lawyer Dr. James von Bleichröder.

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Max Pechstein A White House, 1910
Watercolour and pencil, 14 x 11 cm

15 May 2013

15.05.2013: The Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen announces that just and fair solutions have been reached with the descendants of Professor Curt Glaser and the descendants of George Behrens.

The Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen has agreed to return two watercolours by Max Pechstein from the collection of Curt Glaser and one painting by N. V. Díaz de la Peña from the collection of George Behrens.

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Workshop of Jan Brueghel the Elder Flowers in a Stoneware Vase, early 17th century
Oil on oak panel, 70 x 52 cm

10 July 2012

10.07.2012: Restitution of a still-life of flowers from the workshop of Jan Brueghel the Elder

The Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen has returned the painting Flowers in a Stoneware Vase from the workshop of Jan Brueghel the Elder to the descendants of the Viennese business-owner Julius Kien.

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Wilhelm Thöny Portrait of a lady, 1913

12 MAY 2010

12.05.2010: Restitution of works from the collection of August Liebmann Mayer

The Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen restitutes four pictures from the collection of August Liebmann Mayer: The Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen will return a portrait of a woman by Wilhelm Thöny, a painting of the Madonna by Cristoforo de’ Moretti, a painting of the Apostles from Cologne and a portrait of Christ from the 19th century to the daughter of the Jewish art historian August Liebmann Mayer (1885–1944), who now lives in Los Angeles.

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Willem Kalf (1619-1693) Still-life with Porcelain Jar, 1653
Oak panel, 44.9 x 35.7 cm

23 JUNE 2008

23.06.2008: Restitution of a still-life by Willem Kalf

The Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen will return a still-life by Willem Kalf to Peter Block from Hamburg, the grandson of the painter and art collector Josef Block.

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Fritz Schider Musical Entertainment, 1874
Oil on canvas, 32 x 36.5 cm
Max Meirowsky collection

14 September 2005

14.09.2005: Restitution of a painting by Fritz Schider

The painting Musical Entertainment by Fritz Schider was returned by the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen to Dr. Jost von Trott zu Solz, the representative of the heirs of the original Jewish owner. The painting belonged to the art collector Dr. Max Meirowsky prior to the Nazis coming to power.

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Hans Thoma Dusk at Lake Garda, 1906
Oil on card, 68.2 x 84 cm
Ottmar Strauss Collection

05 October 2004

05.10.2004: Restitution of a painting by Hans Thoma

The painting Dusk at Lake Garda by Hans Thoma was restituted by the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen to the heirs of the former Jewish owner Ottmar Strauss.

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Leopold Graf Kalckreuth (1855–1928) The Three Ages of Life, 1898
Oil on canvas, triptych, 162 x 147 cm
Elisabeth Glanville Collection Julius Kien

13 March 2000

13.03.2000: Restitution of a triptych by Leopold Graf Kalckreuth

The director-general of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Dr. Reinhold Baumstark, will return the triptych The Three Ages of Life by Leopold Graf Kalckreuth (1855–1928) to the surviving descendants of Elisabeth Glanville in London.

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