MFA Boston Restitutes Salomon van Ruysdael

January 25 2022

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston have restituted Salomon van Ruysdael's View of Beverwijk (1646) to the heirs of the Jewish collector Ferenc Chorin (d.1964). The work was purchased by the museum from a London dealer in 1982 when little was known about the picture's provenance.

According to the article linked above:

Chorin grew wealthy as an industrialist and a banker in Hungary, and had used his fortune to acquire works by François Millet, Mihály Munkácsy, and Alfred Sisley, as well as items of Renaissance furniture, Ushak carpets, and more. The museum said it believed that Chorin had bought the painting from a collector named Frigyes Glück in 1931. It was this piece of the painting’s provenance, provided to the museum by art historian Sándor Juhász in 2019 and later posted to the MFA’s site, that ultimately led the Chorin heirs to the work in 2021, after years of searching for it.

The work will be sold at Christie's later this year.

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