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Nazi Looted Art in the Second Circuit: Recent Developments


Jennifer Anglim Kreder and Lucille Roussin


April 2009


Analysis of two recent cases from the second circuit involving Nazi looted art.

The first case, Bakalar v. Vavra, went to trial in the Southern District of New York the week of August 25, 2008, and Judge Pauley found against the heirs of Viennese cabaret performer Fritz Grunbaum on the facts and awarded Egon Schiele’s drawing Seated Woman with Bent Leg to the present-day possessor.

The second case, Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation v. Schoeps, involves claims by the heirs of German banker and art collector Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy for title to two well known paintings by Pablo Picasso: Boy Leading a Horse (1906) and Le Moulin de la Galette (1990).

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