PHOTOS| An Amorous Couple: Masterpiece stolen by Nazis returns to Ukraine

Updated On Jul 17, 2020 04:19 PM IST

An Amorous Couple, the Pierre Louis Goudreaux painting that was stolen by the Nazis during WWII, has returned to Ukraine. Minister of Culture Oleksandr Tkachenko said in a statement on Telegram channel, "This story is sad, but with a happy ending. The Nazis stole the painting from the museum’s storerooms in 1943. After the war, the painting appeared on the antique market. In 1953 it ended up in a private collection in the U.S. For 60 years ‘An Amorous Couple’ was put up for sale, but at the request of the owners – the Khanenko Museum – the sale was stopped.” The minister invited everyone to see the masterpiece at the Khanenko Museum.

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Kateryna Chuyeva, Director General of the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts speaks next to the painting "An Amorous Couple" by Pierre Louis Goudreaux at the museum in Kyiv, Ukraine July 14, 2020. The artwork was stolen from the museum during the WWII, then discovered in the U.S. and returned to Ukraine earlier this year. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jul 17, 2020 04:19 PM IST

Kateryna Chuyeva, Director General of the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts speaks next to the painting "An Amorous Couple" by Pierre Louis Goudreaux at the museum in Kyiv, Ukraine July 14, 2020. The artwork was stolen from the museum during the WWII, then discovered in the U.S. and returned to Ukraine earlier this year. (REUTERS)

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A visitor takes a picture of the painting "An Amorous Couple" by Pierre Louis Goudreaux at the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine July 14, 2020. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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A visitor takes a picture of the painting "An Amorous Couple" by Pierre Louis Goudreaux at the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine July 14, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Kateryna Chyeva, head of the Khanenko Family National Museum, wearing face mask to protect against coronavirus views "An Amorous Couple" by 18th century French artist Pierre Louis Goudreaux in the Khanenko Family National Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jul 17, 2020 04:19 PM IST

Kateryna Chyeva, head of the Khanenko Family National Museum, wearing face mask to protect against coronavirus views "An Amorous Couple" by 18th century French artist Pierre Louis Goudreaux in the Khanenko Family National Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP)

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Ukrainian painter Oleksandr Roytburd views "An Amorous Couple" by 18th century French artist Pierre Louis Goudreaux in the Khanenko Family National Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The painting had been stolen by the Nazis from the Museum in Kyiv during WWII and then surfaced at Doyle Auctions in New York in 2013. The Khanenko Museum requested that Doyle's remove the work from its auction. (AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jul 17, 2020 04:19 PM IST

Ukrainian painter Oleksandr Roytburd views "An Amorous Couple" by 18th century French artist Pierre Louis Goudreaux in the Khanenko Family National Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The painting had been stolen by the Nazis from the Museum in Kyiv during WWII and then surfaced at Doyle Auctions in New York in 2013. The Khanenko Museum requested that Doyle's remove the work from its auction. (AP)

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A visitor wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus views "An Amorous Couple" by 18th century French artist Pierre Louis Goudreaux in the Khanenko Family National Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jul 17, 2020 04:19 PM IST

A visitor wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus views "An Amorous Couple" by 18th century French artist Pierre Louis Goudreaux in the Khanenko Family National Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP)

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