University agrees to return painting stolen by Nazis

The University of Oklahoma has agreed to return a painting that the Nazis stole from a French family during World War II, a lawyer and university officials said last week in announcing a settlement of a drawn-out dispute over the artwork's ownership, writes Daniel C Houston for Associated Press.

Under the settlement, the title of impressionist Camille Pissarro's 1886 "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep" will be transferred to Léone Meyer, a French Holocaust survivor whose father owned the painting when it was stolen, her New York attorney, Pierre Ciric, told Associated Press. Going forward, the painting will split its time being displayed at the university's Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art in Norman and a museum in France.

University President David Boren said in a statement that the university is pleased the painting will still be accessible in Oklahoma and available for educational purposes. He said the agreement also recognises "the good faith and generosity" of the Weitzenhoffer family, who bought the painting in 1956 from a New York gallery and donated it in 2000 to the university.
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