Major German Expressionist painting finds its way home to VMFA

Last November, the Wall Street Journal broke a story about a German Expressionist art work restituted at MOMA in New York that had been entangled in a 10-year-legal battle to return the work to its rightful owner, the Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection. That family has gifted the majority of its art collection here at the VFMA. And after some legal assistance from the VMFA, this new “gift-purchase” has now come home.

The painting, Sand Hills in Grünau by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, is currently on display at the museum. Not surprisingly, it has a long and eventful history.