Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jewish Family Battles Spain Museum over Art Looted by Nazis

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jewish Family Battles Spain Museum over Art Looted by Nazis

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LOS ANGELES * In the 16-year battle over a priceless painting looted by the Nazis, there is one point on which all sides agree: When Lilly Cassirer and her husband fled Germany ahead of the Holocaust, they surrendered their Camille Pissarro masterpiece in exchange for their lives.

The Jewish couple traded the work for visas that allowed them to flee to the safety of England in 1939. When they did so, they set Pissarro's 1897 oil-on-canvas Paris street scene on a journey of its own.

It was an odyssey that would take "Rue St.-Honore, Apres-Midi, Effet de Pluie" from Germany to the United States, through the hands of wealthy collectors and prominent art dealers and, finally, to Spain's Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, where it has resided since 1993. …

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