- 26 Jul 2021 12:51 PM
The 41x33cm canvas was purchased by a private Hungarian collector at Sotheby’s in May and has been taken to the Budapest museum for an inspection by experts.
The painting was originally bought by the Hungarian art collector Baron Ferenc Hatvany (1881-1958) in Paris in 1908.
At the end of WW2, Hatvany’s collection of several hundred works of art, including the Courbet painting, was deposited in a bank vault that was looted by the Soviet Army in 1945.
The painting resurfaced at auction in May, after a restitution agreement was reached between the heirs of Hatvany and the painting’s owner at the time, the museum said.
The hammer price for Bathers in the Forest was 320,000 dollars, the Budapest museum said.