Getty Museum agrees to return painting looted by Nazis

29 Mar 2011 7:16 AM | Anonymous

Getty Museum agrees to return painting looted by Nazis
By MIKE BOEHM - Los Angeles Times 

LOS ANGELES The Getty Museum is the first museum in North America to agree to return a painting to the heir of Jacques Goudstikker, a noted Dutch-Jewish art dealer whose huge collection was dispersed after he fled the 1940 Nazi invasion of Holland, with many of the prime works taken for the personal collection of Adolf Hitler's chief deputy, Hermann Goering.

The Los Angeles museum's two-paragraph announcement Monday said it had bought "Landscape With Cottage and Figures," painted around 1640 by Pieter Molijn, "in good faith" at a 1972 auction. The Dutch artist's painting has never gone on display. The Getty declined Monday to say how much it had paid.

A far more prominent work housed in Southern California, the Norton Simon Museum's paired "Adam and Eve" paintings by Thomas Cranach the Elder, remains a hotly disputed prize from Goudstikker's collection. Since 2007, the art dealer's daughter-in-law, Marei von Saher, has been trying to reclaim it through a federal lawsuit.


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