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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