Man claims Cezanne at NYC's Met unlawfully acquired

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 9, 2010 23:56

NEW YORK — A man claims a Paul Cezanne painting at New York City's Metropolitan Museum was stolen from his great-grandfather during the Russian Revolution.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Pierre Konowaloff sued the museum Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. The work is called "Madame Cezanne in the Conservatory."A collector bequeathed the work to the Met in 1960. The museum said in a statement that it believes it has good title to the painting and will fight the lawsuit.

Konowaloff, who lives in France, filed a similar lawsuit against Yale University last year over a work by Vincent Van Gogh. Yale says it is the rightful owner.

Konowaloff says he is the great-grandson of industrialist and aristocrat Ivan Morozov.


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