PICASSO, THE LEFFMANNS & THE MET

PICASSO

A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by the great-grand-niece of a German Jewish businessman that asked the Metropolitan Museum of Art to return one of its most valuable Picassos, “The Actor.”

In court papers, Judge Preska described at length the persecution that the Leffmanns suffered and the desperation they must have felt. But she ruled that the estate could not show Mr. Leffmann had been forced to sell the painting under duress because any pressure he experienced was not the fault of the buyers or the party being sued, the museum, but rather the Nazis and their allies.

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A New York investor and art collector is ignoring pleas to return a painting looted by the Nazis

JAMES

The painting was part of a vast art collection owned by prominent banker James von Bleichroeder (photo above, in 1908). One of the most prominent paintings in their collection was “The Raising of Lazarus,” (below) a famous work by an unknown German artist.

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LAZARUS

A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN

In 1939, New York’s Madison Square Garden was host to an enormous and shocking gathering of 22,000 Americans that has largely been forgotten from our history.