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Germany to return Nazi-looted painting to Jewish heirs

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Mar 15, 2019 9:50 PM 1+ week ago

Paul Signac, Quai de Clichy (date unknown). (courtesy: German Lost Art Foundation)

German officials said they have identified a painting found in the collection of a reclusive Bavarian collector as art looted by the Nazis, and will soon return it to the heirs of its Jewish owner.

The German Lost Art Foundation said Thursday that "Quai de Clichy," by French neo-impressionist Paul Signac, was owned by Gaston Prosper Levy before he fled France from the Nazis.

It was discovered, while German authorities were investigating a tax case in 2012, in the possession of the late Cornelius Gurlitt, who had inherited a 1,500-piece trove from his father -- an art dealer who traded in works confiscated by Nazis.

The discovery of the stash made headlines around the world and revived an emotional debate about how thoroughly post-war Germany had dealt with art plundered by the Nazi regime.

When Gurlitt died, a Bern museum accepted his collection, though it left about 500 works in ...

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