California attorney general seeks to return Nazi-looted painting to rightful owner

Feb 5, 2016 9:46 PM by Debbie Cobb

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's attorney general is asking a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling allowing a priceless 19th Century painting to remain in a Spanish museum rather than going to the heirs of a Jewish woman who was forced to hand it over to the Nazis.

Attorney General Kamala Harris said Friday she has filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of Lilly Cassirer's family.

Cassirer was forced to give "Rue Saint-Honore, Apres-midi, Effet de Pluie" by Camille Pissarro to the Nazi government in 1939 for $360 and a visa allowing her to leave the country.

The painting exchanged hands several times before the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid paid $338 million for it and other works acquired by a prominent German art collector.

The stunning Parisian streetscape is insured for more than $10 million, according to the website Artnet, which tracks paintings and other works.


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