Paintings Looted from Holland, Returned through the Efforts of the United States Armed Forces

December 7, 1946 – January 1, 1947

West Building Ground Floor

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: 46 paintings by 37 artists of the 16th and 17th centuries were lent by the government of The Netherlands. The exhibition was a token of thanks for the return of the pictures through the work of the officers and enlisted men of the Monuments and Fine Arts Section (MFAA) of the United States Military Government. Many of the paintings had been destined for the Hitler Museum, Linz, Austria. Of the 49 listed in the catalogue, 3 (nos. 1, 10, and 34) did not arrive for the Washington showing; 2 listed were exchanged for 2 others by the same artist.

At the opening, President Harry Truman was present to view the paintings. Under the supervision of the Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, the exhibition circulated, through January 1, 1948, to 13 other museums that had provided personnel for MFAA.

Image: Installation view of Paintings Looted from Holland, Returned through the Efforts of the United States Armed Forces, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives

Catalog: Paintings Looted from Holland, Returned through the Efforts of the United States Forces, by A.P.A. Vorenkamp. New York: Plantin Press, for the Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, 1946.

Other Venues:
Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts
Princeton University, Museum of Historic Art, Princeton, New Jersey
Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Newark Museum, New Jersey
William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Atkins Museum of Fine Arts, Kansas City, Missouri
California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor
Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore