Getty Museum to return painting looted by Nazis

Posted March 29, 2011, at 7:08 p.m.
Last modified March 30, 2011, at 8:53 a.m.

  LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The J. Paul Getty Museum says it will return a 370-year-old painting that once belonged to an art dealer who fled Holland when the Nazis invaded in 1940.

  Art dealer Jacques Goudstikker’s collection was looted, with some works claimed by Adolf Hitler’s deputy.

  The Getty says it bought the 1640 Pieter Molijn painting called “Landscape With Cottage and Figures” in good faith at a 1972 auction.

  The Los Angeles Times says the Getty refuses to disclose what it paid for the painting.

  An attorney for the Goudstikker family says at least four other museums in the United States and Canada have works from the collection and he hopes they will follow the Getty’s lead.

  He says about 1,000 of Goudstikker’s 1,400 paintings remain unaccounted for.

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