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California A-G seeks Nazi-stolen artwork

Kamala Harris asks federal court to reverse ruling allowing Spanish museum to keep Pissarro painting stolen from Jewish family

Rue Saint-Honore, Apres-midi, Effet de Pluie by Camille Pissarro (Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
Rue Saint-Honore, Apres-midi, Effet de Pluie by Camille Pissarro (Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

California’s attorney general is asking a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling allowing a priceless 19th painting to remain in a Spanish museum rather than going to the heirs of a Jewish woman who was forced to hand it over to the Nazis.

Attorney General Kamala Harris said Friday she has filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of Lilly Cassirer’s family.

Cassirer was forced to give “Rue Saint-Honore, Apres-midi, Effet de Pluie” by Camille Pissarro to the Nazi government in 1939 for $360 and a visa allowing her to leave the country.

The painting exchanged hands several times before the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid paid $338 million for it and other works acquired by a prominent German art collector.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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