Breaking News – 16 October 2012

My quest for upbeat art news for the blog has been foiled again.  The Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands, was robbed early this morning and seven priceless works of art were stolen.  The paintings removed in the heist include Waterloo Bridge, London (1901) and Charing Cross Bridge, London (1901) by Claude Monet, Harlequin Head (1971) by Picasso, and Reading Girl in White and Yellow (1919) by Matisse, Girl in Front of Open Window (1898) by Paul Gauguin, Self Portrait with a Japanese Background (circa 1890) by Meijer de Haan, and Woman with Eyes Closed (2002) by Lucian Freud.  The paintings were on loan from the privately held Triton Foundation collection.  This was the first time they were on exhibit to the public as a group.  The police are currently investigating the devastating theft.

For more information click here and here and here.

Charing Cross Bridge by Claude Monet, 1901
Waterloo Bridge, London by Claude Monet, 1901
Harlequin Head by Pablo Picasso, 1971
Girl Reading in White and Yellow by Henri Matisse, 1919
Girl in Front of Open Window by Paul Gauguin, 1898
Woman With Eyes Closed by Lucian Freud, 2002
Self Portrait with a Japanese Background by Meijer de Haan, circa 1890

10 thoughts on “Breaking News – 16 October 2012

  1. Unfortunately, they seldom do find them especially all those very fancy heists areso bold that you kind of know that they are well thought and executed.
    As a Greek I at least feel some kind of weird consolation knowing that impossible things like that happen in countries wee the law actually works and is obeyed and were art is more appreciated.
    The theft of paintings as important and beautiful as these a few months ago from our National Gallery was such a frustrating experience and we all thought that we Greeks are unable to do anything right.But….

    1. Unfortunately, I think it may be somewhat universal that people will act in ways we wish they wouldn’t. I remember when the theft from the National Art Gallery in Greece hit the news in January. There seem to be a rash of thefts and vandalisms this year. Hopefully it will clear up soon.

      1. Yes, I agree it is a shame. More than that it is a shame for important works of art to take the underground route.This way they get lost for ever for the public.

  2. Fionazakka: I love that museums and art galleries are able to display their collections for public enjoyment and education. The thought that the actions of a few bad apples might ruin it for the rest of us is very upsetting. However, maybe there is some hope? There have been cases where missing pieces have been recovered many years after they were stolen. has some case studies that give me some hope that these pieces (and those stolen from the National Art Gallery in Greece) may yet be returned to their owners.

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