This is actually not a paintin acquired by Gurlitt, but a piece of art, which will be given back to the heirs of the original Jewish owner shortly.
And a really good development regarding Jewish ownership of art.
Franz Marc: The Foxes (Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Google Arts and Culture
The Düsseldorf City Council voted unanimously in a closed session on Thursday for the restitution of the expressionist painting, which was created in 1913. This was announced by the city in the evening. The council thus followed the recommendation of the Advisory Commission for Looted Art Cases. The committee had voted by a two-thirds majority in favour of restitution to the descendants of the Jewish entrepreneur Kurt Grawi (1887-1944). The Cubist painting, estimated at at least 14 million Euros, is one of the top works in the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.
Grawi was subjected to considerable repression in Germany after 1933. In 1939 he was able to emigrate to Chile. In 1940 he sold the painting in New York. In 1962 it was donated to the Städtisches Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf
In the opinion of the Advisory Commission, "The Foxes" must be restituted, even if the sale was concluded outside the Nazi sphere of power. The sale in 1940 in New York was the direct consequence of Grawi's imprisonment in a concentration camp and his subsequent escape.
The sale had been so closely connected with the persecution by the National Socialists that the place of the trade was secondary. Grawi would not have sold the painting if he had not been persecuted by the Nazis. He had stressed that for him and his family the result of the sale meant "the basis for our emigration". The city of Düsseldorf, on the other hand, had argued that the painting had been outside the Nazi sphere of influence since May 1939. The family had been in South America at the time of the sale in 1940. After the war, Grawi's wife had claimed restitution for the losses suffered, but had not cited the work by Franz Marc. According to the Washington Principles, also signed by Germany, "just and fair" solutions are to be found for cultural assets seized as a result of Nazi persecution.
Looted art experts fear that the commission's latest recommendation in the Grawi case could shift the previous standards of restitution. The "foxes" could become a precedent, so that in the future cultural objects sold abroad would also be eligible for restitution.