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WWII painting stolen by Nazis to rotate between Paris and US

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/26/2017

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An 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.

The Oklahoman ( ) reports 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 rotating display arrangement is part of a settlement agreement between the university and Leone Meyer, whose father, Raoul Meyer, owned the painting during the German occupation of Paris in WWII.

Leone Meyer sued the university to recover the painting, which has been with the university since 2000. The settlement reached acknowledges Meyer's inheritance rights.

University of Oklahoma President David Boren says "a fair and just resolution among all parties has been reached."

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