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WWII painting stolen by Nazis to rotate between Paris and US

Associated Press logo Associated Press 26/04/2017
FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2014, file photo, a visitor to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., takes a photograph of a piece called "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep" by French impressionist artist Camille Pissarro, at the museum. The 1886 painting that was stolen as part of a Nazi looting campaign that stretched across Europe during World War II has transferred from the University of Oklahoma to Paris and will be on display at the French museum, Musee d'Orsay, for five years before returning to the university in alternating three-year intervals. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2014, file photo, a visitor to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., takes a photograph of a piece called "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep" by French impressionist artist Camille Pissarro, at the museum. The 1886 painting that was stolen as part of a Nazi looting campaign that stretched across Europe during World War II has transferred from the University of Oklahoma to Paris and will be on display at the French museum, Musee d'Orsay, for five years before returning to the university in alternating three-year intervals. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

NORMAN, Okla. — An 1886 painting that was stolen as part of a Nazi looting campaign that stretched across Europe during World War II has been transferred to Paris from the University of Oklahoma.

The painting, "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep," will be on display at the French museum, Musee d'Orsay, for five years before returning to the university in alternating three-year intervals, The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2pi2PPe ) reported.

The rotating display arrangement is part of an agreement between the university and Leone Meyer, whose father, Raoul Meyer, owned the painting during the German occupation of Paris in WWII.

"Decisions made on behalf of the university throughout this detailed process have maintained great sensitivity to the history behind the painting as well as the families involved," University of Oklahoma President David Boren said.

Leone Meyer sued the university to recover the painting, which has been with the university since 2000. The university acquired the painting as part of a collection left to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art by Clara Weitzenhoffer, the widow of Oklahoma oilman Aaron Weitzenhoffer.

The settlement reached acknowledges Meyer's inheritance rights and determined the Weitzenhoffer family acted in good faith in acquiring the painting and sending it to the university.

An attorney for Meyer said she was pleased "that the painting will be put on public display in France, so that the public may see the painting and, more importantly, learn about its history."

Boren said "a fair and just resolution among all parties has been reached."

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