Boston museum returning 17th century Dutch painting to Jewish collector’s heirs

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) agrees to return the plundered 17th-century paintings to the descendants of the last Jewish art collector to belong to before being declared missing after World War II. did.

In a statement, MFA director Matthew Teitelbau said, “We are pleased to be working with Ferenc Holin’s heirs so quickly and friendly to correct this historic loss.” Said.

The 1646 painting “View of Vivawaik” by the Dutch Golden Age painter Salomon van Luisdar was deposited by Chorin in 1943 at the Hungarian Pest Commercial Bank before his family fled Hungary the following year. Chorin purchased the painting from the mansion of fellow collector Friguies Glück in the 1930s.

“The resurgence of Luis Dahl’s Vivawaik view emphasizes the importance of providing transparency and online access to our collections,” said Teiterbaum.

This painting is currently being published at Christie’s in New York. It will be auctioned later this year.

As the MFA pointed out, Chorin was a Hungarian businessman and banker with an impressive collection of works of art, including paintings by Francois Millet and Charles Francois Daubigny and furniture from the Italian Renaissance. Despite being discovered by the Nazis after hiding, Chorin was able to survive the war and eventually settled in New York City.

“Historical justice isn’t just about restoring works of art stolen by the Nazis. In many cases, petitioners have to struggle for years to get justice,” said a Chorin lawyer. One Agnes Peresztegi says. “In this case, in honor of MFA, we want you to not only re-provide your work to legitimate owners, but also to work in an elegant, professional, quick and fair way.”

“View of Beverwijk” was acquired by MFA in 1982 with a false explanation from a London dealer, obscuring its status as a lost work of art. The museum was informed by scholar and scholar Sandor Yuhas in 2019 that the painting once belonged to Gluck, and eventually the Chorin family was discovered in 2021.

Just last month, U.S. officials agreed to return $ 11 million worth of illegally trafficked Italian works of art and relics. The United States returned 201 relics to Italy in December, of which 161 were resettled in Italy.

Dario Franceschini, Minister of Cultural Heritage of Italy, said the work would be returned to the stolen place at the time. The returned works included ancient pottery and 4th century sculptures.

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