Restitution of Nazi-looted art: SPK returns Pissarro painting

News from 10/18/2021

Une Place à la Roche-Guyon by Camille Pissarro is returned to the Dorville heirs and purchased for the Alte Nationalgalerie

Detail of an oil painting
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie / Foto: Jörg P. Anders

The SPK has returned Une Place à la Roche-Guyon by Camille Pissarro to the heirs of Armand Dorville and bought it back from them for the Alte Nationalgalerie. Today, the representatives of the heirs came to the Alte Nationalgalerie to sign the restitution agreement and purchase agreement for this work of art. The Nationalgalerie had first acquired painting through a London gallery in 1961. It had originally come from the collection of a Jewish lawyer and art collector, Armand Isaac Dorville (1875 – 1941). Now it can be displayed again in the Alte Nationalgalerie.

At the signing of the agreement today, SPK President Hermann Parzinger said: "I am very grateful to Armand Dorville's heirs for making it possible for us to purchase the work for the Alte Nationalgalerie and for coming to Berlin especially for this purpose. We will continue our unswerving efforts to critically reappraise the past, to return works to their rightful owners, and to ensure that the injustice committed then does not end up being forgotten."

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