Tone Hansen (R), director of the Henie Onstad art gallery, and Christopher A Marinello, member of the Rosenberg family, pose in front of the painting titled
Tone Hansen (R), director of the Henie Onstad art gallery, and Christopher A Marinello, member of the Rosenberg family, pose in front of the painting titled "Profil bleu devant la cheminée" (Woman in Blue in Front of a Fireplace) by French artist Henri Matisse in Hoevikodden outside Oslo on March 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / NTB SCANPIX / TERJE BENDIKSBY / NORWAY OUT

Norwegian museum returns priceless art to Jewish family

A NORWEGIAN museum has agreed to return a priceless Matisse painting to the family of Jewish art dealer Paul Rosenberg after the Nazis stole it from him during the Second World War.

The 1937 painting, Woman in Blue in Front of a Fire, has been in the Henie Onstad Art Centre near Oslo since 1968.

The museum said although it acquired the $22.17 million painting in good faith from a Paris art dealer, it had chosen to return the painting to the Rosenberg heirs.


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