5 Paintings With a Sad Fate that We Will Never See Again


In today’s article, we want to talk about five paintings that suffered a sad fate, and they, unfortunately, were destroyed for unknown reasons.

1. In 1954, British artist Graham Sutherland received an order to write a portrait of Winston Churchill, who was later gifted with a policy for the 80th anniversary. But, alas, he did not like the birthday gift. The picture was taken away by the Churchill family right after the celebration in their country house and from that moment no one else saw this work. There is an opinion that the portrait was destroyed by the wife of Winston Clementine Churchill. It should also be noted that Churchill’s portrait did not please anyone, although they praised him only out of courtesy.

2. A fresco called “Jeremiah II”, written by an unknown artist in 1934, was also presented to the public at the Westchester Institute of Fine Arts. At work, a vicious caricature of New Deal policy and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt was portrayed, and the suffering workers were painted. The most interesting thing is that this work caused the most outrage among the most ordinary painter John Smuske, who works in a neighboring house near a museum in which a fresco was exhibited. One of the days off, the man, like everyone else, bought a ticket and, in front of the visitors, poured a “Nightmare of 1934” with a stain remover. For this act he was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 6 months.

3. Unfortunately, in the forties many works of art were destroyed because of military operations. Such a fate did not pass and the canvas of Gustav Klimt. The paintings he wrote specifically for the exhibition at the University of Vienna, the customers found pornographic, because Klimtov ladies symbolized philosophy, jurisprudence and medicine, which were considered too cutesy and incompatible with the then spirit of strict science. In 1945, the Nazis burned the castle, in which there were pictures of Klimt, so that they did not fall into the hands of enemies.

4. “Man at the Crossroads” – this fresco performed by Mexican artist Diego Rivera, which he ordered Rockefeller Center in New York. Initially, Rivera did not want to invite, because he was famous for his “left” views, and instead wanted to order Henri Matisse or Pablo Picasso. As a result, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was one of the main characters of the work, and under his leadership the workers’ hands were connected. Also on the mural is a demonstration of workers on Red Square. However, in 1934, the fresco was destroyed by the workers of the center. They explained this by saying that the artist did not want to change Lenin to a more “famous person”. After this incident, the wall was painted by artist Jose Maria Sert, who decided to choose the main character of Abraham Lincoln.

5. “Reaper” – a huge five-meter fresco, written in 1937 for the Spanish pavilion, participated in the World Exhibition in Paris, the artist Joan Miró. This work did not please anyone, because the peasant in hand had a sickle, which at that time was considered a communist symbol. After the exhibition Joan Miro donated a mural to the Spanish government, however, during transportation the work disappeared. Experts believe that it was simply destroyed. Joan Miró. “Reaper”