The long-lost oil painting “Water lilies: reflection of willows” from the famous French painter Claude Monet was discovered in September 2016 by a French researcher. The painting was rolled up in a corner of a storage space in the Louvre in Paris has now been handed over to the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo.
The painting was part of the collection of Kojiro Matsukata (1866-1950), a Japanese business tycoon who treasured up numerous European art pieces between both World Wars.
During the war, most of these paintings were moved to Paris for safekeeping and it was only from the late 1950s that the majority of the seized art was returned to the National Museum of Western Art in Ueno. However, Monet’s “Waterlilies” had already disappeared by then and was not found until 2016.
The painting is currently heavily damaged and must be restored. It will probably be exhibited in summer 2019.