The Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlungen (Bavarian State Painting Collections) are likely to keep Lovis Corinth's Drei Grazien (1904) after a decision was made by the Limbach Commision that the artwork was not in fact looted by the Nazis in the lead up to World War ll.


Lovis Corinth's Drei Grazien (1904)

It was announced on Thursday that the painting was not obtained under forceful circumstances.

The Levy family have fought for the painting's restitution since 2002, claiming the painting was seized by members of the Nazi regime in 1940 when members of the family were fleeing to the United States due to persecution.

The suspected painting was put on a ship to New York and was suspected of being seized before leaving Germany. The commission has doubted this and believes the painting did arrive in New York in possession of family heirs.

The painting reportedly resurfaced at the Buchholz Gallery Curt Valentin in New York City from which the Kunstmuseum Bern acquired it and returned it to Germany. The Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlungen acquired the work in 1950 from the Bern museum.

This decision is likely to be final and the painting remains on a permanent loan to the Regensburger Kunstforum.