U.S. RECOVERS STOLEN DEGAS MASTERPIECE SET TO BE SOLD AT AUCTION

02 Dec 2010 12:32 PM | Anonymous

U.S. RECOVERS STOLEN DEGAS MASTERPIECE SET TO BE SOLD AT AUCTION
December 2, 2010 Eastern District of New York Press Release


The Painting Will Be Returned To The French Government


The United States entered into a settlement agreement today with a New York-based art collector that provides for the return of a rare Edgar Degas painting to the government of France. The painting, “Blanchisseuses souffrant des dent,” was stolen from a French museum in 1973 and resurfaced recently when investigators discovered that it was set for auction at Sotheby’s New York.

The settlement was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and James T. Hayes, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) in New York.

The painting was stolen from the Malraux Museum in Le Havre in Normandy, France, on December 27, 1973. At the time of its theft, the artwork was on loan to the museum from the collection of the French government, which considers the Degas artwork to be a national treasure. The French government loaned the painting to the museum in June 1961 in honor of the reconstruction of the museum’s building, which had been destroyed in the Second World War. “Blanchisseuses souffrant des dent” was painted circa 1870-72, signed by Degas, and, like most French national paintings, was registered in the inventory of the Louvre Museum.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nye/pr/2010/2010dec02.html

 

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