On February 15, Parliament has definitively adopted the bill relating to the return or restitution of looted works of art to victims of spoliation. After a vote by the National Assembly on January 25, the Senate voted in favor of this text on February 15. The text may be consulted on the following the Official Journal’s website. The CIVS behind this legislative initiative welcomes the rapid and unanimous adoption of the text by Parliament.
On December 22, four more MNR works were returned on the recommendation of the CIVS : Paysage (a watercolor by Georges Michel), Portrait de femme (drawing by Paul Delaroche), another Portrait de femme (drawing by Auguste Hesse) and Marée basse à Grandcamp (watercolor by Jules-Jacques Veyrassat). These four works belonged to major Egyptian Jewish collector Moïse Lévi de Benzion, whose home, Château de Draveil, was looted in 1940. In this case, the main difficulty was knowing who to return these works to.
The Network of European Restitution Committees has published the twelfth issue of the newsletter. To consult it
On December 3, 2021, the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) presented the Research portal on actors in the French art market from 1940 to 1945.
On November 22, the Prime Minister decided the restitution of Eglise de Pont-Saint-Martin (Loire Atlantique), a painting by Maurice Utrillo taken from Stefan Osusky, former Ambassador of Czechoslovakia in Paris from 1921 to 1940. This decision is based on the CIVS recommendation dated 9 July 2021.
The Network of European Restitution Committees has published the eleventh issue of the newsletter. To consult it
The Network of European Restitution Committees has published the tenth issue of the newsletter. To consult it
On the recommendation of the CIVS, Prime Minister Jean Castex has decided to return to the descendants of the Jewish lawyer Armand Dorville twelve works acquired by the French State in 1942. These artworks are currently in the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Château de Compiègne.
They have to get a special authorization in order to be taken away out of the national collections. The French Government will present a draft law to effectively implement this decision.
THE ZENTRAL- UND LANDESBIBLIOTHEK BERLIN RETURNS TO THE FRENCH MINISTRY OF THE ARMED FORCES A BOOK LOOTED DURING THE OCCUPATION
A casebook Recueil des arrêts du Conseil d’Etat statuant au contentieux et des décisions du Tribunal des Conflits et de la Cour des Comptes, Recueil Sirey, Paris, 1911, was seized by the German occupation forces from the library of the Ministère de l’Air (Ministry of Air) in Paris. The book was then passed on to the “Institut für Staatsforschung”, a Nazi organ under the supervision of Himmler from 1939. During the Second World War, the Institut was directly commissioned by the National Socialist regime to produce notes and studies for propaganda purposes in the light of documents looted and plundered from the occupied territories. This mission justified the enrichment of his library through wartime looting and plundering.
On the 12th of February of this year, the CIVS examined the claim concerning the spoliations suffered by Georges Mandel, minister of the Third Republic, member of the Resistance and assassinated by the French Milice. The recommendation adopted by the Commission will allow the restitution of three books held by German institutions.
On March 15, the Minister of Culture announced the return of “Roses under the Trees”, by Gustav Klimt looted in Austria.
The Network of European Restitution Committees has published the eightthseventh issue of the newsletter. To consult it
The Network of European Restitution Committees has published the seventh issue of the newsletter. To consult it
The Network of European Restitution Committees has published the fifth issue of the newsletter. To consult it
On 23 July 2019, Peter Forner from Berlin handed over a painting by the French painter Nicolas Rousseau to the French State, represented by Ambassador Anne-Marie Descôtes, at the French Embassy. During the Second World War, the painting was transported from France to Berlin, where it remains in the custody of the Forner family to this day.