Nazi-stolen Chagall painting to be auctioned in New York

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 Chagall painting stolen by Nazis to be auctioned in New York

The painting by Marc Chagall, one of 15 paintings stolen by the Nazis and returned by France to the heirs of the affected families, will go on sale next month in New York, according to auction house Phillips. Painting "Father" painted in 1911, will be auctioned on November 15.

The canvas was purchased in 1928 by the Polish-Jewish violin maker David Zender, who lost his property when he was forced to move to the Lodz ghetto.

Deported to Auschwitz where his wife and daughter were killed, the violin maker survived and moved to France in 1958, where he died in 1966 without returning the painting, now valued at $6-8 million.

that Marc Chagall himself bought it, probably between 1947 and 1953, without knowing its origin, according to the auction house and the French Ministry of Culture.

After the artist of Russian origin died in France in 1985, his painting “Father” in 1988 it entered the national collections, and then was transferred to the Pompidou Center and kept in the Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris.

The French parliament unanimously passed a law at the beginning of the year to return 15 works of art to Jewish families, robbed by the Nazis. Then-Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelo called this a historic “first step”, noting that other stolen art and books were still in public collections.

The Zender heirs decided to sell the painting, which is a common scenario , “when a work is returned long after it was stolen” because “you have multiple heirs and the work itself cannot be divided,” said Phillips auction vice chairman Jeremy Evarts.
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