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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Five masterpieces stolen in Paris

Summarized from NYTimes.com and dressed up a little.

A lone thief stole five paintings early Thursday from the Paris Museum of Modern Art, across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower.

The prosecutor's office initially estimated the five paintings' total worth at as much as euro500 million ($613 million).

Christophe Girard, deputy culture secretary at Paris City Hall, however, said the total value was ''just under 100 million euros.''

He said ''Le pigeon aux petits-pois'' (The Pigeon with the Peas) an ochre and brown Cubist oil painting by Pablo Picasso, was worth an estimated euro23 million


''La Pastorale'' (Pastoral), an oil painting of nudes on a hillside by Henri Matisse about euro15 million.

The other paintings stolen were ''L'olivier pres de l'Estaque'' (Olive Tree near Estaque) by Georges Braque;

''La femme a l'eventail'' (Woman with a Fan) by Amedeo Modigliani;

and ''Nature-mort aux chandeliers'' (Still Life with Chandeliers) by Fernand Leger.







The director of the neighboring modern art museum Palais de Tokyo, Pierre Cornette de Saint-Cyr, called the thief or thieves ''fools.''
''You cannot do anything with these paintings. All countries in the world are aware, and no collector is stupid enough to buy a painting that, one, he can't show to other collectors, and two, risks sending him to prison,'' he said on LCI television.
''In general, you find these paintings,'' he said. ''These five paintings are un-sellable, so thieves, sirs, you are imbeciles, now return them.''

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2 Comments:

Blogger Lesa said...

My guess would be that the thieves were already paid by someone very wealthy to steal those specific paintings. They have some very similar colors (gold, red) as if they fit into a decorating color scheme. Maybe some drug lord's private coffee bar.

May 21, 2010 at 8:33 AM

 
Blogger Alice Payen said...

I hope you're aware that you haven't taken the original woman with fan painting. That's a copy, and quite a sad one too.

October 6, 2015 at 12:55 AM

 

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