Pissarro to be Restituted

July 2 2020

Image of Pissarro to be Restituted

Picture: ArtDaily.com

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

ArtDaily reports that a painting by Camille Pissarro will be returned to the heirs of the family it was confiscated from during World War II.

France's top appeal court rejected a bid by an American couple who had purchased the painting at Christie's in 1995 for $800,000. It seems that the picture's murky provenance was not established at the time of sale, and the couple had purchased the painting in good faith.

As the report goes on to say:

The Cassation ruling said that even if the Tolls had acquired the picture in good faith "they could not claim to have become the legal owners".

The descendants of Bauer -- some 20 people -- will now be able to take hold of the painting, which has been kept safely at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris throughout the case.

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