German arbitration panel rejects Nazi-looted art claim
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German arbitration panel rejects Nazi-looted art claim

Experts find 'The Three Graces' by Lovis Corinth was legally shipped to New York in 1940, though previous owner was persecuted by Nazis

BERLIN — A German expert panel says the heirs of a Jewish woman persecuted by the Nazis aren’t entitled to reclaim a valuable painting she once owned.

The government-funded Advisory Commission said Thursday there was no evidence the painting “The Three Graces” by German artist Lovis Corinth was looted by the Nazis.

It acknowledged that the painting’s one-time owner, Jewish industrialist Clara Levy, was persecuted by the Nazis.

But the panel found that the painting was legally shipped to New York by Levy’s daughter-in-law in early 1940, where it changed ownership several times before being sold back to Germany after the war.

The painting’s current owner, the Bavarian State Painting Collections, and Levy’s heirs sought arbitration from the panel after failing to reach an agreement on its return.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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