Art: French Find

Hermann Göring had small taste for the French impressionists, even as loot. But he never let his taste stop him from grabbing anything that had swap value. Last week in Florence, nine impressionist masterpieces worth close to $1,000,000 turned up; Göring had got them from Jewish collectors in France, traded them in Florence for Italian Renaissance masters.

The paintings: three Monets—River Scene on the Seine "with Barges, Rustic Landscape, Monceau Park; two Sisleys—Seine at Argenteuil, Thames at Hampton Court; Renoir's Woman at her Toilet; Degas' Seated Nude Brushing her Hair; Cezanne's Mont Victoire; Van Gogh's St. Rémy.

The Florence art dealer wants his...

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