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Chagall portray stolen by Nazis to be auctioned in New York – Expat Information to France


A portray by Marc Chagall, which was amongst 15 works stolen by Nazis and finally returned by France to the heirs of the affected households, will go on sale subsequent month in New York, the Phillips public sale home stated Thursday.

The 1911 oil on canvas, “The Father,” set for public sale on November 15, was bought in 1928 by a Polish-Jewish violin maker, David Cender, who misplaced his possessions when he was compelled to maneuver to the Lodz ghetto.

Deported to Auschwitz, the place his spouse and daughter have been killed, the violin maker survived and moved to France in 1958, the place he died in 1966 with out regaining possession of the portray — now estimated to be value $6 million to $8 million.

Within the meantime, the work had reappeared in exhibitions and it turned out that it was Marc Chagall himself who had purchased it, most likely between 1947 and 1953 — with out figuring out its provenance, in response to Phillips and the French tradition ministry.

After the Russian-born artist died in France in 1985, “The Father” entered the nationwide collections in 1988, and was then assigned to the Pompidou Heart and deposited within the Museum of Jewish Artwork and Historical past in Paris.

The French parliament unanimously adopted a regulation firstly of the yr to return 15 works of Jewish households looted by the Nazis. The then tradition minister, Roselyne Bachelot, had referred to as it a historic “first step” — noting that different looted artworks and books have been nonetheless saved in public collections.

Cender’s heirs determined to promote the portray, a typical situation “when a piece is restituted so lengthy after it has been stolen,” as a result of “you’ve acquired a number of heirs and the work itself can’t be break up,” stated Phillips deputy chairman Jeremiah Evarts.

Chagall painted the portrait of his father the yr he arrived in Paris. He was “electrified by the modernism” of town on the time and his works from that interval are uncommon.

“Lots of them have been destroyed when he left Paris to return to Russia in 1914,” Evarts famous, saying he was sure “The Father” would appeal to curiosity from museums and collectors.

The sale will happen throughout the autumn public sale season in New York. Phillips, the New York-based public sale home owned by Russian luxurious items retailer Mercury, condemned the invasion of Ukraine days after the conflict started in late February.

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