U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and Homeland Security Special Agent James T. Hayes Jr. announced Thursday that an agreement had been reached with a New York-based art collector for the painting's return.
The signed work is called "Laundry Woman with a Toothache." It was created around 1870 to 1872.
It was stolen from the Malraux Museum in Le Havre, Normandy, on Dec. 27, 1973.
It was rediscovered last month when it appeared in a Sotheby's New York catalog. Sotheby's promptly pulled the piece from its auction and cooperated with authorities. Its presale estimate was $350,000 to $450,000.