As I continued to read, I became more involved with the characters and the plot(s). The book is the fifth installment in a series featuring Scotland Yard D.I. Beatrice Stubbs.
There are two intertwining plot lines. One is the harassment (that becomes more and more sinister) of Beatrice's gay friend Adrian Harvey. The other is the case Beatrice is working on involving brutal art thefts of Expressionist paintings.
One of the stolen paintings is Salon II by Otto Dix. I was unable to find any images of Salon II which went missing during WWII, but the description sounds very similar to Salon I.
1921 The Salon
|The Online Otto Dix Project|
Expressionist art was considered degenerate by the Nazis, and "A total of about 16,000 works (mostly confiscated from the best art museums and galleries in Germany, such as the National Gallery in Berlin and the Kunsthalle in Hamburg) were officially deemed degenerate, involving several hundred artists, mainly from Germany." ( Degenerate Art)
Chagall, Dali, Dix, Ernst, Kandinsky, Miro, Picasso, Egon Schiel, and Kurt Schwitters were among the hundreds of artists considered degenerate at the time. I ended up looking at the works of a number of German Expressionists whose names were unfamiliar, but who were also mentioned in the novel.I get so side-tracked!
Anyway, J.J. Marsh's book turned out to be more than satisfactory in a number of ways, and I've already ordered the first in the series.
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Mystery/Police Procedural. July 25, 2016. Print length: 250 pages.