Andreas Achenbach’s Sicilian Landscape (1861).


The current possessor of an Andreas Achenbach (1815-1910) painting recently withdrawn from a Dusseldorf museum on charges that it is “Nazi loot” protests that it was acquired in a normal “art gallery transaction.” Whatever that is… in the Germany of the 1930s.

The painting is being claimed by the Canadian-based Max Stern estate, named after Max Stern (1904-1987) a Jewish art dealer and collector who, as a member of the Jewish faith, was forced by the Nazi government to liquidate his gallery’s inventory.

That is usually referred to as a “forced sale” and an “act of duress.”

Nevertheless, the owner of the Achenbach painting vows to fight for his property rights.

Source: Holocaust Art Restitution Project.


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