Investigation into the provenance of museum collections in connection with the theft, confiscation and sale of objects under duress between 1933 and 1945.

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Children on the Beach

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Children on the Beach

Artist/ Creator
Isaac Israels
Children on the Beach
Oil on card pasted on panel
40,7 x 57,4 cm
GM 05019


Museum Arnhem


Who owned this painting before it was handed in to the police in 1946 is not known.


In January 1946, someone brought this painting to a police station in Amsterdam, explaining that it had been found in a house in Velp (Gelderland) where a collaborator from Amsterdam who had served in the SD had lived. The latter had probably acquired the work in Amsterdam. It was received at the police station by commissioner M.O.F. van der Heul, head of the political intelligence department (P.O.D.). He contacted Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit to locate the legitimate owner. When that attempt failed, it was given to Gemeentemuseum Arnhem in 1948.


On 20 July 2016 the Restitutions Committee advised the Minister of Education, Culture and Science to reject a claim to this painting. The minister rejected the claim.

Reconstruction origin

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Unknown, Amsterdam

SNK archive no. 1056

Before 1946-01-16
Police, Amsterdam

SNK archive no. 1056

1946-01-16 <> 1948-10
Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit, Amsterdam

Museum inventory; SNK archive no. 1056

1948-10 <> 1952-10
Long-term loan to the museum from Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit

Museum inventory

1952-10 <> present day
Gemeentemusea Arnhem