Claremore Daily Progress

March 19, 2014

Attorney says OU wants painting lawsuit dismissed

Staff Reports
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY —

A University of Oklahoma attorney says a woman who is demanding that the school return a painting she claims was stolen from her family by Nazis during World War II has not proven she is the lawful heir — or the sole heir.

OU associate general counsel Shawnae Robey appeared before the House Government Modernization and Accountability Committee Wednesday to discuss a lawsuit involving the 1886 oil painting by Camille Pissarro, entitled “Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep.”

The painting once belonged to a French Jew but fell into Nazi hands as Germany overran Europe. The school maintains it’s the painting’s rightful owner, citing a 1953 Swiss court decision.

Robey says OU has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed in New York by Holocaust survivor Leone Meyer.