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Yale Can Keep Van Gogh Masterpiece as Supreme Court Rejects Appeal

Vanderbilt Hall stands on the Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut, on June 12, 2015.

Vanderbilt Hall stands on the Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut, on June 12, 2015.

Photographer: Craig Warga/Bloomberg

Yale University can keep a Vincent Van Gogh masterpiece after the U.S. Supreme Court turned away an appeal from a man who says the Bolsheviks seized the painting from his great-grandfather after the 1917 Soviet revolution.

Pierre Konowaloff has been trying to recoup “The Night Café” since he learned in 2008 that it was hanging in the Yale Art Gallery. His great-grandfather, Ivan Morozov, had the painting for 10 years before the Bolshevik secret police occupied his house and seized his art collection in 1918.