11/19/2010

Boston Museum of Fine Arts - Oskar Kokoschka's "Two Nudes"

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has won a lawsuit which sought to recover possession of the painting "Two Nudes" by artist Oskar Kokoschka. The lawsuit was filed by Claudia Seger-Thomschitz who is the heir of the painting's former owner. The lawsuit alleged that the painting was sold under duress after Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938 so that good title never passed to the original purchaser and thus not to the Museum either. A federal Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court decision that Seger-Thomschitz's claim is barred by the statute of limitations. The appellate court's decision is available here: Museum of Fine Arts v. Seger Thomschitz.