Rue Saint-Honore, Apres-midi, Effet de Pluie by Camille Pissarro (Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)Kamala Harris asks federal court to reverse ruling allowing Spanish museum to keep Pissarro painting stolen from Jewish family

California’s attorney general is asking a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling allowing a priceless 19th painting to remain in a Spanish museum rather than going to the heirs of a Jewish woman who was forced to hand it over to the Nazis.

Attorney General Kamala Harris said Friday she has filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of Lilly Cassirer’s family.

Cassirer was forced to give “Rue Saint-Honore, Apres-midi, Effet de Pluie” by Camille Pissarro to the Nazi government in 1939 for $360 and a visa allowing her to leave the country.

The painting exchanged hands several times before the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid paid $338 million for it and other works acquired by a prominent German art collector.

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