A 19th-century painting stolen from a Jewish family in 1933 was discovered in a small museum in Albany, New York, United States, and returned after 87 years, the local police said on Thursday.
“Winter” (“Winter”), title of the painting painted by the American artist Gari Melchers, was part of a set of more than a thousand pieces of art stolen from the wealthy Berlin-based Mosse family, who soon became a target of the Nazi party , in Germany.
The family heirs, who have been investigating the whereabouts of the stolen pieces with the support of the authorities, within the framework of the Mosse art restitution project, received the painting during a ceremony for the repatriation of the piece that took place at the police facilities in Albany.
“The Mosse family lost almost everything because they were Jewish. But they did not lose hope,” commented the lawyer for the case, Antoinette Bacon, adding that the refund “does not remove the pain inflicted, but represents at least one form of justice.”
This project, started in 2011, has already located and returned to the heirs more than 50 pieces of stolen art that were found in public and private museums, as well as in the hands of private individuals in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Israel and the United States.
“Winter”, which represents two young men with skates for snow, was purchased in 1900 by editor magnate Rudolf Mosse, who had exhibited it in a large residence in Berlin, filled with art objects.
The painting was to be sold at auction in May 1934 to an anonymous buyer, and five months later it was on display in a gallery in New York, where it was purchased by Bartlett Arkell, a wealthy collector who put it in a museum named after him. in Canajoharie, upstate New York.