LETTER FROM EUROPE
Germany tracing artwork and its Nazi past
By Judy Dempsey
Published: December 22, 2008

STUTTGART: This industrial southwestern city is often considered the heart of German engineering and entrepreneurial elan. Rebuilt after the Allied bombing raids in 1945, it reflects the Swabian region, known to this day as a home of hard work, thrift and industriousness.

But there is another aspect to this almost ascetic region. Stuttgart has a spectacular art museum, with a wonderful 20th-century collection. Paintings by the German modernists are here, including Franz Marc’s “Kleine blaue Pferde” and Lyonel Feininger’s “Barf