French government-owned museums will return three paintings in their possession that were stolen by the Nazis from their Jewish owners during World War II, The Forward reported on Sunday.
The paintings were identified by Minister for Culture Aurelie Filippetti as “Paysage Montagneux,” by the Dutch 17th century painter Joos de Momper, a painting of the Madonna and Child and another unidentified oil portrait of a woman. Two of the paintings are in the possession of the Louvre Museum and the third is in the Museum of Dijon.
“I will return them very shortly to the legal beneficiaries of their owners at the time of their dispossession,” Filippetti said. She did not reveal the identity of the beneficiaries but Le Figaro daily reported they were Jewish.
The paintings are part of a list of 2,000 objects of art in the possession of French cultural institutions that have been flagged as stolen by the Nazis, according to a report on the France3 television network. In 2013, French authorities returned seven artworks to descendants of Jews who had lost the objects during the Holocaust.
France has already returned approximately 65,000 works of art and other objects stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners, Le Figaro reported.
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