Nazi Looted Art Returned on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Max Stern did not live to see the day. In 1937, the Jewish art dealer was ordered by the Nazis to sell his collection of 228 paintings. He then fled to England and later moved to Canada.

One of the paintings from Dr. Stern’s collection was a 1632 Dutch Old Master called “Portrait of a Musician Playing a Bagpipe.” Lawrence Steigrad, a New York art dealer, had purchased it from a London dealer, who called him at the end of March and told him of the paintings origins. It was seized on April 2, 2009, by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, to be returned to the estate of Max Stern, who died in 1987. Philip Mould Ltd., the gallery that sold the painting to Mr. Steigrad, has reimbursed the dealer for his purchase.

The painting will be returned in a ceremony April 21, 2009, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan, marking Holocaust Remembrance Day. Dr. Stern’s estate was left to to McGill and Concordia Universities in Montreal and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

See Also:
U.S. Seizes Old Master Lost in Nazi-Era Forced Sale (Update1) [Bloomberg.com; April 21, 2009]
Another painting stolen by Nazis recovered by Montreal art dealer’s estate [Canadian Press; April 21, 2009]

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Happy Birthday to David Gilhooly

David Gilhooly

David Gilhooly

On any given April 15th, many Americans are sweating out last minute tax returns. But my thoughts always turn to my good friend David Gilhooly. He was born April 15, 1943, in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. A sculptor, painter, printmaker and all-around fine artist, David rose to prominence in the 1960s as a creative force of the California Funk Art movement.

In the late 1980’s, I had the privilege of getting to know David Gilhooly when I worked as his assistant at a printmaking studio in California.

Happy Birthday David!