Germany to return Nazi-looted painting to Jewish heirs

BERLIN — German officials say they have identified a painting found in the collection of a reclusive Bavarian collector as art looted by the Nazis, and will soon return it to the heirs of its Jewish owner.

The German Lost Art Foundation said Thursday that "Quai de Clichy," by French neo-impressionist Paul Signac, was owned by Gaston Prosper Levy before he fled France from the Nazis.

It was discovered, while German authorities were investigating a tax case in 2012, in the possession of the late Cornelius Gurlitt, who had inherited a 1,500-piece trove from his father — an art dealer who traded in works confiscated by Nazis.

Many are thought to have been looted from Jews, but only a handful have been positively identified and returned so far.

Levy's heirs weren't identified.

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