More and more paintings that were seized by the Nazis during World War II continue to come to light. Along with their recovery have come some hotly debated ownership issues, however. In many cases, the paintings have been returned to the surviving families that owned them when they were first taken, but in other cases, the current owners claim to have purchased the works through legal channels and attempt to hold on to the controversial art.
The debate continues over a 19th century painting by Camille Pissarro which is currently residing in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma. A French family has claimed that the Nazi’s stole the 1886 Pissarro painting titled, “Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep” from their father during the war. The Museum is claiming that they became the legal owners of the masterpiece after it was bestowed to them by a private collector in 2000.
The French family may have some powerful allies in the state of Oklahoma, however. A lawsuit has been filed in US federal court that would return the painting to them, and several lawmakers in Oklahoma are siding with the family. The lawmakers aren’t looking for a legal answer but instead seem to be hoping to appeal to the museum’s compassionate side. The museum, however, intends to hold on to the Pissarro painting until its return is ordered by a federal judge.
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