Francois Boucher in the Hitler Albums
Hitler's Albums catalogued by Reich Leader Alfred Rosenberg and his staff.Click thumbnail to view full-size
The Nazi Occupation
A Ravished Collector
Edouard Alphonse James de Rothschild,
In 1940, the Baron and his wife escaped to Lisbon, Portugal right after the Nazi occupation of France. From there they were able to continue on their way to New York City, New York. It is there that they waited until the end of World War II to return to their homeland of Austria. But before his escape to the United States, James and his wife did their best to hide their massive art collection worth millions from the Nazi's. He hid most of his collection somewhere on the Haras de Meautry farm and at his Château de Reux estate. But in 1940, the Nazi's caught up with the Rothschild's treasure, raiding and looting everything in sight.
The Haras de Meautry farm of theirs, was also a racehorse breeding farm. And many of the horses, around 600 of them were sent to Hungry or Germany for breeding. James' prize winning horse, Brantôme was one such horse captured and sent to Germany. Brantôme was returned to James Rothschild just after the war in 1945.
The Fortunate Art Work Found
- Château de Ferrières - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Château de Ferrières is a French château built between 1855 and 1859 by Baron James de Rothschild.
"In the Conservatory"
A Stolen Portrait
"In the Conservatory": Manet painted this double portrait of Mr and Mrs. Jules Guillemet in 1879.