The film Monuments Men raised public awareness about what happened to important works of art in Nazi Germany.
Some of it was destroyed, while other pieces were hidden away. One especially valuable collection made its way to Richmond, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts says it just got one of the missing paintings back.
Between 1910 and 1930, one family in Germany - the Fischers -- collected the works of modern painters. Robin Nicholson, Deputy Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts says the Nazis disliked and often destroyed such work.
Most painters work in water color, oil or acrylic, but one Virginia man is making his mark by painting with dirt.
Mike Heivly’s Dad was in the military, so his family moved around a lot, and in each new place, he noticed the dirt was different. In some spots it was black – in others, red, and during one cross country trip, he decided to demonstrate its diversity.
“Every place that we stopped I got a little soil sample – evidence that I was there. And then I did a series of paintings/prints to document a movement across the continent.”
The artist Joseph Cornell spent almost every day of his life in New York City, but he’s becoming an honorary Virginian. The foundation he left behind has given millions to causes in the Commonwealth, and this spring his work will be shown and discussed in Charlottesville and Richmond.