The Met Adjusts Provenance on Painting to Acknowledge Fraught WWII History

February 27th, 2020

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has altered the provenance of The Rape of Tamar, attributed to the French artist Eustache Le Sueur, noting the work was owned by a Jewish art dealer, Siegfried Aram, who fled Germany, and who claimed that the work had been taking illegally by businessman Oskar Sommer. “We updated the online provenance information, with the confirmation that the painting in dispute between Aram and Sommers was the same as the Met’s,” the museum said in a statement.

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