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Hanover restitutes watercolor by Schmidt-Rottluff to heirs of Jewish businessman

Date 2017.06.28

The city of Hanover to­day re­turned “Marsch­land­schaft mit rotem Win­drad (Das Win­drad)” (Marsh Land­scape With Red Wind­mill (The Wind­mill)), a 1922 wa­ter­col­or by Karl Schmidt-Rot­tluff, to the heirs of Jew­ish fac­to­ry own­ers Max and Mar­garethe Rü­den­berg.

The paint­ing was un­law­ful­ly con­fis­cat­ed from the cou­ple as a re­sult of per­se­cu­tion dur­ing the Nazi regime. Pro­fes­sor Ver­non Reynolds, his son Dr. James Reynolds and daugh­ter Is­abel­la Reynolds ac­cept­ed the paint­ing at the New City Hall to­day on be­half of Rü­den­berg’s heirs. By mak­ing this resti­tu­tion, the city of Hanover is fol­low­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion made at the start of this year by the Ad­vi­so­ry Com­mis­sion on the re­turn of cul­tur­al prop­er­ty seized as a re­sult of Nazi per­se­cu­tion, and thus—af­ter many years of re­search by the city in­to the prove­nance of the paint­ing—ac­knowl­edges the wa­ter­col­or as a cul­tur­al as­set seized through Nazi per­se­cu­tion.

Rec­om­men­da­tion by the Ad­vi­so­ry Com­mis­sion on the re­turn of cul­tur­al prop­er­ty seized as a re­sult of Nazi per­se­cu­tion (PDF, 223 KB)

* Hannover restituiert Aquarell von Schmidt-Rottluff an Erben jüdischen Unternehmers Auf dem Bild v.l.n.r.: Isabella Reynolds (Tochter von James Reynolds), Oberbürgemeister Stefan Schostok, Dr. James Reynolds (Sohn von Professor Vernon Reynolds), Professor Vernon Reynolds und dessen Nichte Vivien Minto Source:  Landeshauptstadt Hannover