Pablo Picasso’s ‘The Actor’ has hung at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan for 58 years. According to Reuters, it became the subject of much consternation when it was revealed that a wealthy Jewish German businessman Paul Leffman had to sell it to fund his flee from the Nazis during World War 2.
Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the decision yesterday that the painting can stay at the Met, citing the significant time elapsed between the painting’s sale and the request of Leffman’s heirs for the painting to be returned.
Katzmann pointed out that the 72 years between the sale of the painting and Leffman’s heirs request for its return created an “unreasonable” situation in which “The Met has been prejudiced” by the considerable amount of time and will thus be allowed to keep the painting.