Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, November 10, 2013 10:43 am

Stay with me, I’m going somewhere with this, “Fallen Madonna” edition

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 10:43 am
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So: There once was this British TV comedy called “Allo, Allo.” It was about people in a town in occupied France during World War II. (Yes, I said “comedy.” Apparently it was a much better execution of the “Hogan’s Heroes” concept.) The show’s run ended in 1992 (although I hear you might be able to find it on Netflix), so it’s not of recent vintage. The characters included a French cafe owner, a German general and his gay adjutant, a Gestapo officer and a couple of other folks. And one of the recurring plotlines had to do with a painting that Hitler desperately wanted to own that the Resistance was trying hard to keep from him. The painting, which was never actually shown on the show except from behind, was by an artist named Van Klomp. It was officially called “The Fallen Madonna” and known to those who had actually seen it as “The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies.”

Now, speaking of Nazis and art, this week we learned this:

A cache of 1,500 works of art — including masterpieces by Picasso, Matisse and Chagall — confiscated by the Nazis and missing for more than 70 years has been found in Germany, according to German media reports.

The huge haul of paintings, estimated to be worth more than $1 billion, was discovered in an apartment in Munich in the spring of 2011 during a raid by Bavarian tax authorities, but its existence has only just come to light with an article in the German news magazine Focus.

The collection is said to include works by Modernist masters Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Franz Marc, Max Beckmann, Emil Nolde and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, many of which had been believed destroyed during World War II.

That’s the CNN version of the story, and obviously this was big news in Germany, but it was big news in England as well — not least because the topic of art purloined from other cultures is still a live and touchy subject there. So we have reports from the Telegraph

FallenMadonnaTelegraph

… and from the Guardian:

FallenMadonnaGuardian

There’ll always be an England.

6 Comments »

  1. You forgot the part about how this post was inspired by your wife reading an earnest story on the Guardian website about the rediscovered art, and discovering that the first comment was “have they found The Fallen Madonna by van Klomp?” ;)

    Comment by Tiger Daughter (@tiger_daughter) — Sunday, November 10, 2013 10:57 am @ 10:57 am | Reply

  2. Well, I try not to blog about my bride without her prior consent, and I thought you were still asleep. :-)

    Comment by Lex — Sunday, November 10, 2013 11:05 am @ 11:05 am | Reply

  3. Also, when I sorted the Guardian comments, for whatever reason, the first comment was no longer about the Fallen Madonna. *shrug*

    Comment by Lex — Sunday, November 10, 2013 11:06 am @ 11:06 am | Reply

  4. Comments were closed on the article. Was the one you saw this one? http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/nov/04/missing-in-action-artworks-destroyed-war

    Comment by Tiger Daughter (@tiger_daughter) — Sunday, November 10, 2013 11:07 am @ 11:07 am | Reply

  5. No, different one.

    Comment by Lex — Sunday, November 10, 2013 11:09 am @ 11:09 am | Reply


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