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From Belle Epoque Fine Art

PAVEL CHMAROFF (1874-1950)

“Plyzah (Beach)” (c.1920)

oil on board

The story behind this piece

The original owner was a Polish doctor from Lodz. When the Nazis invaded Poland, he was captured, and in order to survive, the owner had to pretend he was a gardener (and not a doctor) because the Nazis were killing professionals, or putting them in camps or segregating them in the notorious Lotz ghetto. As a result of lying to the Nazis, the owner of the painting survived the war, but his entire art collection (including this very painting) was stolen/confiscated. In January 1947, only a few of his artworks were restituted to him, including this piece, by the Polish Government (and has all the stamps on the back).



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