French heiress ends fight with University of Oklahoma over Nazi-looted art

Source: NBC News

“A French heiress has given up her legal fight with an American university to retrieve a painting that was stolen from her adoptive parents by the Nazis during World War II. Leone-Noelle Meyer, 81, said on Tuesday that she had been left with ‘no other choice’ but to drop her effort to recover the painting by Danish-French artist Camille Pissarro, after being threatened with heavy fines if she continued her struggle with the University of Oklahoma. The announcement seemingly puts an end to a yearslong transatlantic legal battle over the work — Pissarro’s ‘La Bergere Rentrant des Moutons’ (Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep) …. The admission of defeat comes after a Paris court ruled last month that a contract Meyer had signed five years ago to share the Pissarro with the University of Oklahoma superceded a 1945 French law requiring the restitution of Nazi-looted works to their rightful owners.” (06/02/21)