The Musée d’Orsay returns a Klimt looted by the Nazis – The French government has announced that it will return to the heirs of its rightful owners a painting by Gustav Klimt, stolen by the Nazis to a Jewish family in Austria in 1938.

The 1905 canvas, entitled ‘Rose bushes under the trees’, was hanging on a wall of the Musée d’Orsay for decades; it will be returned to the family of Nora Stiasny, a victim of the Holocaust.

“A commitment to justice”

“The decision to return an important work from the public collections shows ours commitment to justice and reparation against looted families “, underlined the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin.

For a long time, he explained, it was not known that the painting had been stolen by the Nazis. The truth has only recently come to light when, the minister said, “the true origin of the painting was established”.


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