Looted Pissarro returned

February 24 2016

Image of Looted Pissarro returned

Picture: AP/Yahoo

AP reports that the University of Oklahoma has agreed to return the above painting by Camille Pissarro to a Holocaust survivor:

Under the settlement, the title of impressionist Camille Pissarro's 1886 "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep" will be transferred to Léone Meyer, a French Holocaust survivor whose father owned the painting when it was stolen, her New York attorney, Pierre Ciric, told The Associated Press. Going forward, the painting will split its time being displayed at the university's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman and a museum in France.

University President David Boren said in a statement that the school is pleased the painting will still be accessible in Oklahoma and available for educational purposes. He said the agreement also recognizes "the good faith and generosity" of the Weitzenhoffer family, who bought the painting in 1956 from a New York gallery and donated it in 2000 to the university.

The University had at first tried to oppose returning the picture. Title will be passed to Mme. Meyer - but she has decided the picture must remain on public display, hence the rotation plan.

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