Comprehensive research collection on
twentieth century art, especially German Expressionism, compiled by the art expert Wilhelm
Friedrich Arntz. A vast portion of the collection consists of research files on individual
artists. Of particular interest are files concerning the so-called degenerate art campaign
by the Nazis and the recovery of confiscated artwork after World War II. Extensive material
documents Arntz's professional activities.
Wilhelm Friedrich Arntz (1903-1985) was a German lawyer, art expert and independent
researcher of twentieth century art. He was also one of the early collectors of German
Expressionism. Parallel to collecting artworks, he aquired publications on 20th century art
and compiled a wealth of archival material, including newspaper clippings, correspondence of
artists, art historians and dealers, and ephemeral items such as invitations to exhibition
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