The Degas stolen in Le Havre will return to France

1. Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
Laundry Women with Toothache, also called
Study of Two Women’s Head
Oil on canvas - 15.9 x 21 cm
Paris, Musée d’Orsay
(stolen in 1974 when it was in deposit at Le Havre)
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2/12/10 – Restitution – Paris, Musée d’Orsay and Le Havre, Musée André Malraux – The outcome has been settled rapidly, more so than expected. The owner of the Degas painting found at a Sotheby’s auction in New York and which we were the first to announce (see news item of 5/11/10), will be returning it to the French museums. The news was announced today by Brooklyn U.S. attorney, Loretta Lynch and carried by the media in the United States which also disclosed the seller’s name, Ronald Grelsamer who had inherited the painting from his father and who seems to be acting on good faith.
We still do not know if the Laundrywomen [1] with Toothache will return to Le Havre where it had been placed on deposit by the Louvre, or if it will join the collections at Orsay which is now in charge of 19th century art.

Didier Rykner, jeudi 2 décembre 2010


[1] The title on the Musée d’Orsay database is in the singular.

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