Goudstikker Heir Sues California Museum To Recover Two Important Paintings Looted by the Nazis

May 2, 2007 – Press Release
Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Marei Von Saher, the sole living heir of the noted Jewish art dealer, Jacques Goudstikker (1897-1940), filed a lawsuit yesterday in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California to recover two iconic life-size paintings, Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

The Cranachs, which are well-known throughout the world, were among the most important artworks in Goudstikker’s collection, which contained more than 1,300 works, mostly Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings, and was looted by the Nazis following their invasion of The Netherlands in 1940. This is reportedly the first lawsuit filed against a California museum for the recovery of artworks looted during the Holocaust.