DIA ‘misguided’ in fight over stolen van Gogh painting, lawyer says

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The Detroit News

DETROIT — A judge can order Detroit Institute of Arts officials to hand over an allegedly stolen painting by Vincent van Gogh despite a federal law granting the artwork immunity from being seized, a lawyer wrote Wednesday. That is because Brazilian art collector Gustavo Soter, who says he is the undisputed owner of “Liseuse De Romans,” is demanding its return after searching for the painting for six years, his lawyer, Aaron Phelps, wrote in a court filing Wednesday. “Our view is someone who stole a work of art can make no agreement for its exhibition under the statute,” Phelps wrote in an emai…

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