Man claims Cezanne at NYC's Met unlawfully acquired

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December 9, 2010 23:56

 
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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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