|Portrait of Wally, Egon Schiele|
For fans of visual art, there are films on Degas, Dali, David, Miro and the Musée d'Orsay. I caught a fascinating film titled "Portrait of Wally", about the restitution of an Egon Schiele painting that was stolen by a Nazi collector. As with so many of the films shown, one of the key people involved in its making spoke passionately about the project after the screening.
This subject has a special resonance for Montrealers, because of the Max Stern Art Restitution Project. Over the last ten years, ten paintings have been returned to the rightful heirs of Max Stern's estate: Concordia, McGill and the Hebrew University. The stories behind these struggles have all the elements of international intrigue: evil-doers, forged documents, courtroom drama and beautiful paintings.
Because I had seen retrospective shows of Edward Hopper and George Bellows this year, it was a special treat to view films showcasing them and their work. I'm already looking forward to next year's FIFA.