Masterworks in Dutch museums may be Nazi loot

Dutch museums have found 139 artworks that may have been looted during the Nazi era, including paintings by Matisse, Klee and Kandinsky.

The major review of all museum collections in the country found art that had either dubious or definitely suspect origins.

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“These objects are either thought or known to have been looted, confiscated or sold under duress,” said Netherlands Museums Association director Siebe Weide. He said returning them is “both a moral obligation and one that we have taken upon ourselves”.

The review also listed the names of 20 people whom the museums said definitely had 61 pieces of art taken from them.