March 28, 2011
LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today it will deaccession Landscape with Cottage and Figures (about 1640) by Pieter Molijn, in order to transfer the painting to the heirs of Jacques Goudstikker, a Jewish art dealer who fled the Netherlands just before the Nazi invasion in 1940. The Getty acquired the painting in good faith at auction in 1972, and has never exhibited the work.
Working in cooperation with representatives of the Goudstikker heirs, the Getty's research revealed that the painting was in Goudstikker's inventory at the time of the invasion in 1940, and that it was never restituted after World War II. Based on its findings, the Getty concluded that the painting should be transferred to the heirs.
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