Act-of-State Doctrine Allows Metropolitan to Keep Confiscated Art

, New York Law Journal


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said the painting, "Madame Cezanne in the Conservatory" or "Painting of Madame Cezanne," could not be claimed by the great grandson of noted art collector Ivan Morozov, whose art collection was nationalized as "property of the state" by the new Soviet government and later sold to an American collector.

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  • Harry

    Should the same approach apply to art works seized by the Third Reich?

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