Jan van Kessel d. Ä., Fish and Shells on the Beach, 1660, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

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Late Return of a Wartime Loss

Special presentation in Room 14

At the end of September 2021, we received back from Paris a work of art that had been missing since the Second World War. The painting 'Fish and Shells on the Beach' by Jan van Kessel the Elder (1626 - 1679) had come to the Staatsgalerie from Ludwigsburg Palace in 1902. During the war, it was stored in a vicarage together with other works of art and thus saved from destruction.

However, when members of staff of the Staatsgalerie inspected the storage site in 1945, they found it had been emptied almost completely. It was not until the end of 2020 that the small painting, which had found its way into a private collection in France, was identified. At the request of its owner, it was handed over to representatives of the Staatsgalerie at the German Embassy in Paris.

From November and for a few weeks only, a special presentation will showcase the work alongside its counterpart before it returns to its rightful place in our collection.

Tickets

The presentation is included in the collection admission.

7 € / 5 €

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Jan van Kessel d.Ä., Fish and Shells on the Beach, 1660, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Jan van Kessel d.Ä., Fish and Shells on the Beach, 1660, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
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