10 Masterpieces of Art Lost in the Second World War


4. Gustav Klimt, Philosophy, 1899-1907, ceiling panel for the Great Hall of Vienna University

Initially┬áthe┬ápainting was rejected by the commission in University of Vienna as it was considered inappropriate. Later the painting was bought by Klimt’s friend Koloman Moser. In 1938 it was confiscated by the Nazis and by the end of the war Nazis burned it down along with other art pieces that were kept in Schloss Immendorf in order to prevent enemy from retrieving them.