Monday, May 24, 2010

Art Theft in Paris

Interpol has reported an overnight burglary on May 19-20 at the Modern Art Museum in Paris. Five works by modern masters have been stolen from the Museum and a global alert has been issued. Jean-Michel Louboutin, Interpol's Executive Director of Police Services stated,
These extraordinary paintings by these great masters are so recognizable that they will be difficult to sell in any market. Their inclusion in INTERPOL’s publicly accessible works of art database will allow any legitimate buyer of paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Leger and Modigliani to determine whether their purchase would be legal and for the public to remain alert as to what has been reported stolen.
The stolen works include:

Still Life with Candlestick by Fernand Leger (1922)

Pastoral by Henri Matisse (1906)

Woman with Fan by Amedeo Modigliani (1919)

Olive Tree near l'Estaque by Georges Braque (1906)

Pigeon with Green Peas by Pablo Picasso (1911)

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