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Kunstsammlung Oetker restitutes painting by Anthony van Dyck to the heir of Jacques Goudstikker

Date 2017.01.27

Biele­feld-based fam­i­ly busi­ness Dr. Oetk­er is re­turn­ing a paint­ing to Marei von Sa­her, the heir of Jew­ish art deal­er Jacques Goud­stikker. The work en­ti­tled “Por­trait of Adri­aen Moens” by An­tho­ny van Dy­ck has been iden­ti­fied as Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty.

The renowned Jew­ish art deal­er Jacques Goud­stikker had to leave the paint­ing be­hind in Am­s­ter­dam when he fled the Nether­lands in May 1940, short­ly be­fore the Nazi in­va­sion. It was then forcibly sold and ac­quired by Her­mann Göring. Rudolf-Au­gust Oetk­er bought the paint­ing in good faith in 1956 from an Old Mas­ters deal­er af­ter the Dutch gov­ern­ment had sold it to the deal­er. Mr. Oetk­er trans­ferred it to the Kun­st­samm­lung Oetk­er in 1998. Ms. von Sa­her iden­ti­fied the paint­ing and no­ti­fied the Kun­st­samm­lung Oetk­er of her resti­tu­tion claim.

Kun­st­samm­lung Rudolf-Au­gust Oetk­er GmbH ap­point­ed an in­de­pen­dent prove­nance re­searcher to sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly ex­am­ine the art col­lec­tion hold­ings for Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty. The aim was to de­ter­mine whether any art­works in the col­lec­tion had orig­i­nal­ly be­longed to per­sons per­se­cut­ed by the Nazis on the grounds of de­scent, re­li­gion, na­tion­al­i­ty, ide­ol­o­gy or po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion and who had there­fore been wrong­ful­ly de­prived of their prop­er­ty.

Uwe M. Schneede, mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive board of the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion, said: “The com­mit­ment shown by this pri­vate col­lec­tion to ex­am­ine the prove­nance of its hold­ings and to seek fair and just so­lu­tions to­geth­er with the heirs of the vic­tims of Na­tion­al So­cial­ism, in line with the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples, is ex­em­plary. We sin­cere­ly hope that oth­er pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions fol­low this ex­am­ple.”

Since the Lost Art Foun­da­tion was es­tab­lished on Jan­uary 1, 2015, it has pro­vid­ed spe­cial­ist ad­vice to pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions, pri­vate­ly fund­ed or­ga­ni­za­tions and pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als in Ger­many with re­gard to re­search­ing their hold­ings for Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty. Pri­vate­ly run in­sti­tu­tions and in­di­vid­u­als can al­so ap­ply for project fund­ing from the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion, pro­vid­ed their search for Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty pur­sues a just and fair so­lu­tion in ac­cor­dance with the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples and the Joint Dec­la­ra­tion. The Foun­da­tion’s fund­ing guide­lines are cur­rent­ly be­ing ex­pand­ed ac­cord­ing­ly.

Press re­lease of the Dr. Au­gust Oetk­er KG (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

Antonis van Dyck Portrait von Adriaen Moens Antonis van Dyck Portrait von Adriaen Moens Source:  Dr. August Oetker KG