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Museum agrees to return Matisse

on March 21, 2014 10:15 AM

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Norwegian museum says it has agreed to return a Matisse once looted by Hermann Goering to the family of Jewish art dealer Paul Rosenberg.

The 1937 painting, “Woman in Blue in Front of a Fireplace,” has been among the highlights of the Henie Onstad Art Center near Oslo since the museum was established in 1968 through a donation by shipping magnate Niels Onstad and his wife, Olympic figure skating champion Sonja Henie.

Now worth an estimated $20 million, the painting was taken by Goering after Rosenberg fled to New York in 1940, and sold to a Parisian art dealer later convicted of dealing in Nazi looted art. It was acquired from a different French gallery in 1950 by Onstad, who was apparently unaware of its provenance.

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