THE ART OF THE MATTER

The DIA and Toledo Museum of Art could lose a van Gogh and a Gauguinworth millions in a dispute with the heirs of a woman who sold the works in the Nazi era. But was she pressured to settle for less?

BY MARK STRYKER
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
March 19, 2006

On Dec. 14, 1938, a German-born Jew living in Paris named Martha Nathan sold two of her most valuable paintings, van Gogh’s “The Diggersâ€? and
Paul Gauguin’s “Street Scene in Tahiti,â€? to three Jewish art dealers in Paris. Nathan received the equivalent of $9,364 for the van Gogh and $6,865 for the Gauguin.

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