Oklahoma Settles Case on Painting Stolen by Nazis

February 24, 2016

The University of Oklahoma has agreed to transfer ownership of the Camille Pissarro painting “La Bergère,” or “Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep” (at right), to a Jewish family from whom the Nazis stole the work, The New York Times reported. Under the agreement, the painting will be displayed on a rotating basis at both a French art institution and the museum at Oklahoma. The university has been widely criticized for its handling of the case, as it never disputed that the painting was stolen by the Nazis but argued in various court filings that statutes of limitation and other legal technicalities should eliminate any claims on the work.

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