“The Man with the Umbrella” by Monet sold by the Kunsthaus Museum in Zurich

The work entitled “Man with an Umbrella” by Monet comes from the collection of Carl Sachs, a Jewish businessman based in Poland. Faced with the rise of anti-Semitism and Nazi persecutions, he was forced to flee his country to find refuge in Switzerland in 1939. To ensure his survival and that of his family, he was forced to part with several of his precious artworks, including this iconic canvas by the French impressionist artist.

The Kunsthaus Museum in Zurich sells a painting by Claude Monet following an agreement

After reaching an amicable agreement with the collector’s heirs, Kunsthaus in Zurich, a prominent Swiss museum, announced its decision to sell a work by Claude Monet from its collection. The president of the Zurcher Kunstgesellschaft, Philippe Hildebrand, expressed regrets about the imminent departure of this painting once it is sold, as part of a fair and equitable solution found.

Engaged in the search for looted artworks, Kunsthaus launched a campaign to determine if pieces from its collection come from Jewish collectors persecuted by the Nazis before and during World War II. The heirs of the Sachs family welcomed the efforts of Zurcher Kunstgesellschaft to find a fair solution for this work, previously owned by Carl Sachs who was forced to sell it after fleeing to Switzerland.

Carl Sachs forced to sell artworks to survive

Claude Monet’s work, “Man with an Umbrella,” once belonged to the collection of Carl Sachs, a Jewish textile entrepreneur from Poland. In 1939, Sachs and his wife Margarete sought refuge in Switzerland to escape Nazi persecutions, leaving behind their belongings which they had to pledge to enter the country. Until his death in 1943, Sachs sold 13 artworks to cope with his financial difficulties, including “Man with an Umbrella” sold to Kunsthaus Zurich.

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Claude Monet’s Man with an Umbrella, oil on canvas, 1868-1869, from the collection of Kunsthaus Museum in Zurich (AGLILEO COLLECTION / AGLILEO / AFP)

The sale of this artwork was necessary to meet the needs of the Sachs couple in a situation of financial constraint. In accordance with the ICOM Code of Ethics, the portion allocated to Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft will be allocated to the Kunsthaus collection fund, as stated in the museum’s official statement.

Information source: francetvinfo.fr

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