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Painting Landscape with a Waterfall is returned to Gosschalk’s heirs

1 June 2023
Verzoekers met het schilderij Landschap met een waterval door Jacques d'Arthois Gosschalk's heirs with the painting Lanscape with a Waterfall by Jacques d'Arthois

The Hague 31 May 2023 –  Research conducted on the instructions of the Restitutions Committee has resulted in the return of the painting Landscape with a Waterfall by the artist Jacques d’Arthois to the heirs of Joseph Henri Gosschalk (1875-1952). The work has been in the collection of the Museum aan het Vrijthof Foundation since 1958.

Research revealed that it is highly plausible that the painting had belonged to Gosschalk. It is not clear whether the painting ceased to be in his possession before or after the German invasion of the Netherlands. The Museum aan het Vrijthof Foundation has declared that it is willing to restitute the painting on the assumption that Gosschalk had to sell it in difficult circumstances around the time of the German invasion.

The Restitutions Committee has recorded the settlement in a binding ruling. The Foundation returned the painting to the heirs today.

Relevant binding opinion:  Binding opinion (after settlement) regarding Gosschalk / Wagner-de Wit Foundation


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