Art Law: S.D.N.Y on Picasso’s “Madame Soler”and Bavaria’s Sovereign Immunity – Update

Last week, I had briefly posted that Judge Rakoff had ruled against the heirs of Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (left) in their suit seeking the restitution of Picasso’s Madame Soler. Today, we have a guest post by Michael Schulz of Frankfurt’s Goethe University who looks at the case in some more detail. Continue reading

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Art Law: Restitution Claim for Picasso’s “Madame Soler” Against Bavaria Brought in New York

Today’s Frankfurter Allgemeine reports on a restitution claim brought by the heirs of Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in Federal Court in New York against Bavaria.* The painting in dispute is Picasso’s Madame Soler. Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy sold it, in 1934, to art dealer Justin Thannhauser. It was from Thannhauser that the Bavarian State Painting Collection (Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen) acquired Madame Soler in 1964. But was that acquisition a legitimate transaction? Continue reading

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