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.

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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