Looted Pissarro to return to France

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American universiry will hand 'La bergère rentrant des moutons', a painting looted by Nazis in 1941, to Holocaust survivor Leone Meyer.

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A painting by Camille Pissarro will return to a Jewish family in France whose art collection was looted by the Nazis in 1941, a lawyer who led the negotiations said, reports RFI.

The University of Oklahoma will give back "La bergère rentrant des moutons" -- or "Shepherdess bringing in sheep" -- to Holocaust survivor Leone Meyer, her New York lawyer Pierre Ciric said of the restitution agreement signed Monday.

Meyer is the adoptive daughter of late businessman Raoul Meyer, who was co-owner of the French retail company that owns the upscale department store chain Galeries Lafayette.

He deposited his art collection in a vault at the bank Credit Commercial de France in 1940 before the Nazis seized it during their occupation of France.

Pissarro completed "Shepherdess bringing in sheep" in 1886.

The oil-on-canvas painting -- valued in its last appraisal at $1.5 million -- was later acquired by a Swiss merchant and a New York gallery before it was bought by collectors Aaron and Clara Weitzenhoffer.

Read more of this report from RFI.

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