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B. Cremades y Asociados on the Pissarro painting

B. Cremades y Asociados on the Pissarro painting

07 december 2017

Bernardo M. Cremades Román

In a case concerning the ownership of a Pissarro painting, “Rue saint-Honoré por la tarde. Efecto de Lluvia” (1897), currently on display in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the Museum’s and the Government of Spain’s request for a rehearing of the legal issues in dispute. This follows the Ninth Circuit’s decision of July 10, 2017 in which it decided that the descendants of the paintings original owner, Lilly Cassirer, have the right to a full trial in which it will be determined whether or not they are the true owners of the painting, stolen by Nazis during the World War II. B. Cremades & Asociados, representing the Jewish Community of Madrid and the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain (as amicus curiae), argued that the Ninth Circuit had interpreted the Spanish legal issues correctly and that a rehearing should not be allowed. This represents an important step forward in the Cassirer’s fight to recover the Pissarro painting.