Belgium: Art museum returns painting to Jewish family after 71 years

In Belgium, in a leading art museum, a painting has been given back after 71-years to the great-grandchildren of Jewish partners who were the real owners of the painting. It was stolen by the Nazis after they escaped due to the second World War.

After five years before the Berlin-based law firm of the family came to the Musees royaux des Beaux-Arts which is the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, on Thursday following a briefing signing ceremony, the workers of the museum took down the painting. It has had been taken off for the packaging.

The attorney Imke Gielen mentioned, “Altogether, the family members are looking for almost 30 artworks, and this is the first that has been actually determined because unfortunately, we have no pictures of the missing paintings.”

On Thursday, in all of the nine grandchildren who live outside Belgium, no one of them was present there.

In the painting, there were flowers of pink colour in the blue vase by the German artist Lovis Corinth, and it belongs to Gustav and Emma Mayer, who left their Frankfurt home in 1938 to Brussels till their route to Britain in August 1939.

Furthermore, they could not take their things with them, which also includes the paintings that the Nazis took.

After the war was held, the authorities were unable to work on the actual belongings of the paintings, and then in 1951, they entrusted it to the museum, and there the painting is present since that time.

The chief of the Museum, Michel Draguet, mentioned that it was easy to find out the actual owners of the paintings in the case of Jewish families that are living in Belgium with the help of the archives and contacts.

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