Once again, looted art finds its way back to its original owners. Since 1951, Corinth's Still Life of Flowers, painted in 1913, had been in the possession of the Belgian Museum Association, which is made up of six state museums. For a long time it was not clear who was the original owner of the painting. That changed in 2016, when lawyers for the nine descendants of Gustav and Emma Mayer contacted the museum.
The Mayer family fled Germany in 1938 and came to Brussels via Italy and Switzerland, where they stored their paintings. Later, when the family was already in Britain, the collection was looted by a Nazi task force. The Belgian art historian Leo Van Puyvelde brought the painting to Brussels after the end of the German occupation.
One can only hope that the painting will not suffer the same fate as Die Füchse by Franz Marc. Immediately after the return to the heirs, where the painting put up for sale.