France had passed a law at the beginning of the year, unanimously in Parliament, to restore fifteen works of Jewish families.
A painting by Marc Chagall, which is among fifteen works stolen by the Nazis and returned by France to the heirs of despoiled families, will be auctioned Nov. 15 by Phillips in New York, the company announced Thursday. This oil on canvas from 1911, The fathernow estimated at between $6 and $8 million, was purchased in 1928 by a Polish-Jewish luthier, David Cender, who lost his possessions when he was forced to move to the Lodz ghetto.
Deported to Auschwitz, where his wife and daughter were killed, this musician survived and settled in France in 1958, where he died in 1966 without recovering possession of the painting. Meanwhile, the work had reappeared in exhibitions and it turned out that it was Marc Chagall himself who had bought it, probably between 1947 and 1953 without knowing its origin, according to Phillips and the French Ministry of Culture. . After the death in France in 1985 of the artist of Russian origin, The father entered the national collections in 1988, then was assigned to the Pompidou Center and deposited at the Museum of Art and History of Judaism in Paris.
France had passed a law at the beginning of the year, unanimously in Parliament, to restore fifteen works of Jewish families looted by the Nazis. A text “historical” and “a first step“, because “looted works of art and books are still kept in public collections“, said the Minister of Culture at the time, Roselyne Bachelot. David Cender’s heirs decided to sell the painting, a frequent scenario “when a work is returned so long after“, because “there are multiple heirs and the work cannot be dividedaccording to Phillips Vice President Jeremiah Evarts.
A rare piece
The painting, a portrait of his father, was painted by Chagall in 1911, the year he arrived in Paris. So he is “electrified by modernismof the city and his works of the time are “rare“, because “many of them were destroyed when he left Paris to return to Russia in 1914“added Jeremiah Evarts, saying he was certain that The father will attract museums and major collectors.
The sale will take place during the New York Fall Auction. Owned by Russian luxury goods retailer Mercury, New York-headquartered auction house Phillips condemned the invasion of Ukraine days after the war began in late February.
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