Art collector insists DIA has stolen Van Gogh painting, demands return

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Art collector insists DIA has stolen Van Gogh painting, demands return

A legal tug-of-war over a painting is heating up in federal court, where a Brazilian art collector is trying to force the Detroit Institute of Arts to turn over a painting he claims was stolen before it ends up on the museum’s wall has.

The DIA maintains the painting was never reported stolen, arguing it is immune from seizure under a federal law — though the art collector’s attorney says the DIA is “misleading” about that law and should turn the painting over.

“(The collector) paid $3.7 million for the painting and would like it back,” attorney Aaron Phelps wrote in a court filing Wednesday.

The filing came on the eve of a Thursday court hearing, during which U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh will hear both sides argue the fate of a Van Gogh painting known as “The Novel Reader,” which is part of the DIA’s popular “From”. Gogh in America” ​​exhibition.

DIA says it is exempt from being told what to do with the Van Gogh

The 1888 oil painting hung on the DIA’s walls for weeks before becoming the subject of national and international intrigue on January 10, when Brazilian art collector Gustovo Soter sued the DIA, claiming to be the true owner of the painting. that it was stolen. before it arrived in Detroit and that he had been looking for it for almost six years.

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