'A Fisherman's Daughter' Returned To Rightful Owner

During World War One, German troops stole a painting from a French museum. Nearly a century later, "A Fisherman's Daughter" by French artist Jules Breton has been returned to the government of France.

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A long lost painting is also fine. It's been returned to its rightful owners. The work is by a French artist, Jules Breton. It's a portrait of a young peasant woman in a white kerchief, leaning against a boulder on a rocky beach, mending a net.

The German army stole the canvas from a museum in northern France during World War I. Nobody knows what happened after that. The painting was missing until last year, when it was spotted in a New York gallery. Yesterday, U.S. Customs officials handed the work over to the French ambassador.

"A Fisherman's Daughter," the name of the painting, is valued around $150,000. A Justice Department attorney who aided the recovery was pleased. Returning looted art, he said, is one of the few ways to redress the awful legacy of war.

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