An American art museum has demanded that the German far-right party Alternative for Germany, or AfD, stop using one of its paintings in campaigns for the European elections.

The director of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Olivier Meslay, told The Associated Press late Monday “we condemn the use of the painting” Slave Market by Jean-Leon Gerome from 1866, “to advance AfD’s political stance.”

The painting shows a black slave trader showing a naked young woman with much lighter skin to a group of men for examination.

In this Monday, April 29, 2019 photo, an destroyed election campaign poster of the German Alternative fuer Deutschland (Alternative for Germany), AfD, party displayed at a road in Berlin, Germany. The poster for the European Parliament elections shows the painting 'Slave Market' from 1866 by the french artist Jean-Leon Gerome. The US museum 'The Clark Art Insitiute' in Williamstown, MA, owner of the painting, has asked the German far right party AfD not to use the picture any more. Top slogan reads 'So that Germany does not become an 'Eurabia'!. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
In this Monday, April 29, 2019 photo, an destroyed election campaign poster of the German Alternative fuer Deutschland (Alternative for Germany), AfD, party displayed at a road in Berlin, Germany. The poster for the European Parliament elections shows the painting ‘Slave Market’ from 1866 by the french artist Jean-Leon Gerome. The US museum ‘The Clark Art Insitiute’ in Williamstown, MA, owner of the painting, has asked the German far right party AfD not to use the picture any more. Top slogan reads ‘So that Germany does not become an ‘Eurabia’!. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The AfD’s Berlin branch put up 30 posters of the painting across the German capital with the slogan, “So that Europe won’t become Eurabia.”

The AfD, known for its anti-Muslim stance, said it won’t take down any of the posters.

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