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Lawsuit: Cezanne at NYC's Met wrongly acquired

The News Leader

December 9, 2010 5:01:51 AM PST
A man claims a Paul Cezanne painting at New York's Metropolitan Museum was stolen from his great-grandfather during the Russian Revolution.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Pierre Konowaloff has sued the museum in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday. The work is called "Madame Cezanne in the Conservatory."

A collector bequeathed the work to the Met in 1960. The museum said in a statement that it believes it has good title to the painting and will fight the lawsuit.

Konowaloff, who lives in France, filed a similar suit against Yale University last year over a work by Vincent Van Gogh. Yale says it is the rightful owner.

Konowaloff says he is the great-grandson of industrialist and aristocrat Ivan Morozov.

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