The Van Gogh Wars | Part 2: Japanese Corporation Purchased Sunflowers For £24.75 Million In 1987 Unaware Of Its Nazi History

In the 1930s, Berlin banker Paul Mendelssohn-Bartholdy was forced to sell seven paintings by Vincent van Gogh under Nazi pressure. His descendants and lawful heirs are now suing the Japanese company, Sompo, that owns Sunflowers (1889) today. In a 98-page document, their legal representatives mapped out the story of corporate losses and provenance. This is a continuation from Part 1.

In the 1980s and 90s, Christie’s experts often noted that Vincent van Gogh was very interested in Japanese art. His graphic style was inspired by a personal a collection of more than 600 Japanese prints held in Paris. Impressionist art was therefore used as a strategy to

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