France to return Nazi-looted Klimt to rightful Jewish heirs | Leisure




French culture Roselyne Bachelot poses next to a spoiled oil painting by Gustav Klimt, which was painted between 1905 and is called “rose bushes under the trees”, during a ceremony in the Orsay Museum in Paris, Monday, March 15, 2021. The French government hands over a Klimt Painting to the grandchildren of the Holocaust victim Nora Stiasny, who was stolen by the Nazis during World War II.




French Culture Roselyne Bachelot gestures as she stands next to an oil painting by Gustav Klimt, painted between 1905 and called “Rose Bushes Under the Trees”, during a ceremony at the Orsay Museum in Paris, Monday March 15, 2021. The French government hands over a Klimt painting to the grandsons of the Holocaust victim Nora Stiasny, which was stolen by the Nazis during World War II.




France is supposed to return Klimt, plundered by the Nazis, to legitimate Jewish heirs

French culture Roselyne Bachelot speaks next to an oil painting by Gustav Klimt, painted between 1905 and called “Rose Bushes Under the Trees”, during a ceremony at the Orsay Museum in Paris on Monday March 15, 2021. The French government will hand a Klimt -Painting to the grandsons of the Holocaust victim Nora Stiasny, who were stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

PARIS (AP) – The French government announced Monday that it would return a Nazi-looted landscape painting by Gustav Klimt to its rightful owners more than 80 years after a Jewish family was stolen in Austria in 1938.

The colorful oil work by the Austrian symbol painter “Rosebushes under the Trees” from 1905 has been hanging in the Musee d’Orsay museum in Paris for decades.

French culture minister Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin said at a press conference in Paris: “The decision to return an important work from the public collections illustrates our commitment to the duty of justice and reparation to looted families.”

The oil works will be returned to the family of Nora Stiasny, a Holocaust victim who was expropriated during a forced sale in August 1938.

Bachelot-Narquin said the French authorities did not initially identify the painting as stolen by the Nazis, and its provenance was only revealed recently following investigations by the French government on the matter.

“In recent years the real origin of the painting has been established,” she said, adding that it was “the only painting by Gustav Klimt that belongs to France”.

“‘Rosebushes under the Trees'” is evidence of the life that a criminal will has stubbornly tried to eradicate. “