The University of Oklahoma, the OU Foundation and the Léone Meyer family have resolved the dispute regarding the Pissarro Painting, “Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep,” and its future.
The Meyer Family said the painting had been stolen by German Nazis during World War II and should be returned to the family even though it had been donated to OU.
Terms of the agreement acknowledge the good faith of the University, the OU Foundation and the Meyer family as well as that of the Weitzenhoffer family. The agreement requires the painting to continue to be on permanent public display and available for educational purposes with evenly rotating public display between the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman and a museum institution in France. The agreement transfers the painting’s title to Meyer with Meyer donating the painting to a French public institution.