The French newspaper Le Monde reported that France will not return to Russia the second painting by Valentin Serov from the the Morozov brothers collection. The painting belongs to the MAGMA Museum of Avant-Garde Art and was exhibited at the "Morozov Collection. Masterpieces of Contemporary Art” at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. The exhibition was opened by Emmanuel Macron himself, its foundation in 2016 was supported by Vladimir Putin. The exposition ended on April 3, but the portrait of Timofey Morozov is still in Paris.
The masterpiece was created in 1891 by artist Valentin Serov, and was kept in the MAGMA Museum of Avant-Garde Art, established by Russian entrepreneur Moshe Kantor in 2001. The collection also includes works by Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani, El Lissitzky, Chaim Soutine, Leon Bakst, Eric Bulatov, Ilya Kabakov and other famous artists.
The reason for the confiscation, apparently, is that Kantor fell under personal European sanctions. The entrepreneur owns the mineral fertilizer company Akron, and also served as president of the European Jewish Congress and head of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation and the European Council for Tolerance and Reconciliation.
We remind you that on April 9, France unilaterally announced that it was going to confiscate the canvas of Pyotr Konchalovsky "Self-Portrait in Grey", which belongs to Russian businessman Pyotr Aven, but now there is a message about the seizure of the Portrait of Timofey Morozov.