BERLIN (AP) — A second person has come forward with a claim on a painting found among a trove of artworks in the Munich home of a reclusive collector, including works believed looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis.
The new claim on Henri Matisse’s “Femme assise” will at least temporarily delay its planned return to the heirs of a deceased Paris-based art collector.
Munich collector Cornelius Gurlitt’s attorney, Christoph Edel, said today he is legally obligated to investigate the new claim before the painting can be handed over. He did not identify the new claimant.
Authorities found some 1,400 works at Gurlitt’s home two years ago and have been investigating their provenance.
Gurlitt has told his attorney to return all works found to be Nazi-looted art to their Jewish owners or heirs.