Litzlberg painting of Gustav Klimt To Be Returned by Austrian Museum (Photo)

By on Apr 22, 2011 in Arts, Europe, Lifestyle Comments
Litzlberg by Gustav Klimt
Litzlberg by Gustav Klimt
Image Credit: Museum der Moderne Salzburg

The Austrian government is returning the ‘Litzlberg am Attersee‘ (“Litzlberg on the Attersee“) painting by Gustav Klimt to its rightful Canadian heir, according to several international reports.

The Klimt painting is an oil landscape, that was stolen by the Nazi Gestapo secret police in 1941. It was later sold to a Nazi art collector and eventually held by the Salzburg museum.

Litzlberg‘ is currently with the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, a modern art museum in Austria.

According to reports, the painting is estimated to be worth around 30 million euro or $44 million.

Georges Jorisch is claiming that the 1915 painting belongs to his Jewish grandmother Amalie Redlich.

Under a 1998 restitution law, Austria has returned some 10,000 Nazi-stolen paintings to the descendants of their former owners.

However, the local assembly of Salzburg province, which owns the painting, still has to approve the transfer of ownership to Jorisch.

The decision of the local assembly is expected to be given out on July 6, 2011.

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