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Yale Sues to Keep Van Gogh’s ‘The Night Cafe’


Tuesday, March 24, 2009 6:03 PM


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Yale University is suing to hang onto one of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous works.

The Ivy League university sued Tuesday in federal court in Connecticut to assert its ownership rights over “The Night Cafe.” It also seeks to block a descendant of the original owner from claiming it.

Pierre Konowaloff of France says he is the great-grandson of industrialist and aristocrat Ivan Morozov, who owned the painting in 1918.

Russia nationalized Morozov’s property during the Communist revolution. The painting now hangs in the Yale University Art Gallery.

The school says it wants to remove any cloud over its ownership.


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