Marianne Rosenberg was destined to have a gallery. Her great-grandfather, grandfather, great-uncle and father were all leading art dealers. The only surprise is that she became a lawyer first (where she specialised in asset and project finance).
As well as launching a gallery, Marianne and her sister are also the third generation of the Rosenberg family to fight to get art back 400 works that were stolen by the Nazis.
The Rosenberg’s have benefitted greatly from records that Paul Rosenberg, Marianne’s grandfather, sent to a colleague in the UK. Despite this advantage, it has still only recovered 85% of its collection.
This week Julian Agnew, the former chairman of the Society of London Art Dealers (and another member of a long line of dealers), wrote to The Financial Times saying that no one should be able to make a restitution claim after 2018.
The fact that the Rosenberg family – art insiders with meticulous records – have not been able to get everything back after 70 years of hard work proves that this is not a credible deadline.