Attorney says OU wants lawsuit involving Nazi-looted painting dismissed

AP 19 March 2014

Shepherdess Bringing In Sheep by Camille Pissarro

"Shepherdess Bringing In Sheep," a painting by French impressionist artist Camille Pissarro, was seized as part of the personal collection of Raoul Meyer, a Jewish businessman in Paris, during the Nazi occupation of France. The painting hangs in the University of Oklahoma's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Image provided to

OKLAHOMA CITY — A University of Oklahoma attorney says a woman who is demanding that the school return a painting she claims was stolen from her family by Nazis during World War II has not proven she is the lawful heir — or the sole heir.

OU associate general counsel Shawnae Robey appeared before the House Government Modernization and Accountability Committee Wednesday to discuss a lawsuit involving the 1886 oil painting by Camille Pissarro, entitled "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep."

The painting once belonged to a French Jew but fell into Nazi hands as Germany overran Europe. The school maintains it's the painting's rightful owner, citing a 1953 Swiss court decision.

Robey says OU has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed in New York by Holocaust survivor Leone Meyer.
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