Painting On Loan In Europe From MFA Houston Is Nazi Loot, Claim Heirs

This painting by Henri Edmond Cross, "Regatta in Venice," was gifted to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1958 by Oveta Culp Hobby.
This painting by Henri Edmond Cross, "Regatta in Venice," was gifted to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1958 by Oveta Culp Hobby.
(Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)

A legal claim has been filed for an artwork currently on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to a museum in Germany.

Heirs of French real estate developer Gaston Levy, who lost his massive collection of French Impressionist artworks to the Nazis in World War II, say that Henri-Edmond Cross’ 29-by-36-inch canvas “Regatta in Venice” is rightfully theirs.

The painting is on loan to the Museum Barberini in Potsdam through Feb. 17 for the artist's retrospective "Color and Light." It was acquired by the Houston museum in 1958, by gift. The MFA Houston is now investigating the provenance.

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