Polish police find lost Gierymski painting
PR dla Zagranicy
A painting by renowned Polish artist Maksymilian Gierymski which had been lost since WWII has been found by police.
The “Polish Patrol of 1830” painting had been missing since WWII. Photo: Policja.pl
The oil painting, “Polish Patrol of 1830”, was recovered by Warsaw police working together with the culture ministry.
“The work was lost during the Second World War and is listed in the register of Wartime Losses of the Culture and National Heritage Ministry,” a police statement said.
The 1869 painting was found at a Warsaw auction house.
The ministry database contains over 63,000 records of artworks looted from Poland following the German Nazi invasion in 1939.
However, the lootedart website, which is run by the ministry, says that while difficult to estimate, the total number of works looted from Poland could be around 516,000, in addition to over 22 million books, although it adds that these figures only reflect “known and registered pieces”. (rg/pk)