Three paintings dating from the Golden Age returned to the Goudstikker heirs

THE HAGUE - The Dutch Restitutions Committee has advised Jet Bussemaker to restitute three paintings from the Dutch State Collection to the heirs of Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker. The Minister has accepted the advice. 

The recommendation concerns the Dutch Golden Age paintings Two Men with a Horse on the Beach by Philips Wouwerman, Boy with a Dog by Dominicus van Tol and A Man With a Glass of Wine by Hendrik Gerritsz. Pot. At the beginning of the Second World War these works were part of the trading stock of the Amsterdam gallery J. Goudstikker N.V., which at that time was one of the most important art dealerships in the Netherlands. After the Jewish proprietor Jacques Goudstikker had fled the Netherlands in May 1940, his staff sold the entire trading stock and the firm's real estate to the Nazi kingpin Hermann Göring and the German businessman Alois Miedl.

The three paintings concerned were sold and delivered by the staff to Göring. Later on the works ended up in the possession of a German industrialist. After that they became part of the collection of the Museum der Bildenden Kunste in Leipzig. As a result of Dutch claims, the three paintings were finally returned by Germany to the Netherlands on 4 March 2012. They then became part of the Dutch National Art Collection.

The Restitution Committee's recommendation to return the paintings was made nearly eight years after the earlier restitution of 202 paintings to the Goudstikker heirs. At that time the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science decided to return to Goudstikker's heirs the works that were sold to Göring during the war. The three paintings that are the subject of the current recommendation were part of the same transaction in 1940, but were not previously part of the Dutch National Art Collection and could therefore not be returned any sooner. The Committee advised the Minister to restitute the works of art because they had become part of the Dutch National Art Collection and the Goudstikker heirs had claimed them. In this regard the Committee referred to the decision of the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science of 6 February 2006.

About the Restitutions Committee
The Advisory Committee on the Assessment of Restitution Applications for Items of Cultural Value and the Second World War advises about claims to items of cultural value lost during the Nazi period, also referred to as Nazi looted art. Since the Restitutions Committee was established in 2002 it has issued 126 recommendations and has had 139 claims submitted to it. Willibrord Davids has been Chairman of the Restitutions Committee since 1 January 2009.

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