ICE HSI returns painting stolen during World War I

13 Oct 2011 2:54 PM | Anonymous

ICE HSI returns painting stolen during World War I
Oct. 13, 2011

 WASHINGTON undefined A painting stolen more than 90 years ago is finally on its way home to France. U.S. officials repatriated "Une Fille de Pêcheur" (A Fisherman's Daughter) to French Ambassador François Delattre.

Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY); and Interpol Washington, U.S. National Central Bureau, attended a ceremony on Oct. 13 to return the stolen painting.

The painting by the French realist artist Jules Breton was stolen from France along with many other works of art during World War I. During the German occupation of the northern part of the country, German troops confiscated artwork from the Douai Beaux Art Museum and sent the artwork to Mons, Belgium, and then to Brussels. In 1919, the Belgian government organized the return of the French collection to France; however, the painting returned today was not among them.

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