Yale Says Suit Over Van Gogh’s Work Imperils Other Art

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Vincent Van Gogh, “Le café de nuit”, (The Night Café), 1888. Oil on canvas, (72.4 x 92.1 cm), 28 1/2 x 36 1/4 inches. Located in the Yale University Art Gallery.

Yale University Says Suit Over Vincent Van Gogh’s Work Imperils Other Art

 

NEW HAVEN, CT (AP).- The ownership of tens of billions of dollars of art and other goods could be thrown into doubt if a lawsuit seeking the return of a famous Vincent Van Gogh painting is successful, according to a court filing by Yale University. The Ivy League university sued in federal court in March to assert its ownership rights over “The Night Cafe” and to block a descendant of the original owner from claiming it. Pierre Konowaloff is the purported great-grandson of industrialist and aristocrat Ivan Morozov, who bought the painting in 1908. Russia nationalized Morozov’s property during the Communist Revolution. The painting, which the Soviet government later sold, has been hanging in the Yale University Art Gallery for almost 50 years. ()

 

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