RESTITUTIONS COMMITTEE ISSUES THREE RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING CLAIMS TO STOLEN WORKS OF ART
The Restitutions Committee is publishing three recommendations, which were issued in recent months. In these, the Committee advises the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science to return two works of art to the former owners’ heirs. The State Secretary will adopt the recommendations.
In a recommendation dated 31 January 2011 on the painting Landscape with classical temple by artist Hubert Robert (NK 1432), the Committee concludes that this work of art was originally owned by Jewish businessman Karl Mathiason or by his brother Hermann Mathiason and his wife. The painting was seized from their property in the Netherlands during the Second World War by order of the occupying authorities. Based on this information, the Committee advised returning the painting to the Mathiason family.
This same painting by Hubert Robert was part of a second application for restitution that involved the Jewish art dealership I. Rosenbaum N.V. in Amsterdam. In a second recommendation dated 31 January 2011, the Committee advised rejecting the claim, as the painting turned out not to have been owned by the Rosenbaum art dealership.
In a third case, concerning which the Committee had already issued a recommendation on 6 December 2010, the Committee finds that Jewish banker and art collector Fritz Gutmann was the original owner of a five-piece garniture (NK 3223 A-E). The Committee concludes that Gutmann lost possession of this garniture involuntarily as a direct consequence of the Nazi regime. The Committee advised the State Secretary to allow the application for restitution by the heirs of Fritz Gutmann. In the same recommendation, it advised rejecting a competing claim to the garniture from a different branch of the Gutmann family. The Committee will issue another recommendation concerning the Gutmann family’s art collection shortly.
The Restitutions Committee
Since January 2002, the Advisory Committee on the Assessment of Restitution Applications for Items of Cultural Value and the Second World War has issued 99 recommendations and 123 claims were presented to it. The Committee is chaired by Willibrord Davids.
For the recommendations in the restitution cases on Mathiason (RC 1.108), Rosenbaum (RC 1.82-A) and Gutmann (RC 1.114-A), go to http://www.restitutiecommissie.nl/en/overzicht_adviezen.html.
For more information, please contact Evelien Campfens (secretary/rapporteur) on +31 (0)70 376 59 92.
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