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The beautiful ‘Poppies Near Vetheuil’ by Claude Monet was stolen from a Swiss Museum.
Also stolen was Van Gogh’s Blossoming Chestnut Branches.
This looks like a job for the FBI’s Art Crime Team!
Sounds like a job for the FBI’s Art Crime Team. Maybe they should setup a field office in Brazil.
The Portrait of Suzanne Bloch was stolen in Sao Paulo by three men.
From the BBC here:
Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Suzanne Bloch, and The Coffee Worker by Brazil’s Candido Portinari, were taken from the Museum of Art of Sao Paulo.
The theft lasted about three minutes and was caught on security cameras.
The museum’s press service had estimated their joint worth at more than $100 Million.
Sounds like a job for the FBI’s Art Crime Team. Maybe they should setup a field office in France.
Four works of art, including the Sisley piece pictured below called “Lane of Poplars at Moret-sur-Loing” were stolen by masked and helmeted men.
From Reuters here:
Armed thieves marched into an open museum in the southern French city of Nice and stole four paintings by Impressionists Monet and Sisley, and Flemish painter Jan Brueghel the Elder, police said on Monday.
The four men, wearing masks and helmets, forced staff at Nice’s Cheret Museum to lie on the ground on Sunday before they took the works of art and left at around 1 p.m.
Police said the men were probably working to order as the stolen works — Claude Monet’s “Cliffs near Dieppe,” Alfred Sisley’s “Lane of Poplars at Moret-sur-Loing,” and Brueghel’s “Allegory of Water” and “Allegory of Earth” are well known, making them hard to sell.
The Art Crime Team added a new piece to their most wanted list. The painting below, titled “A Cavalier” is a tiny painting of oil on oak by a Dutch Master and is valued at over a million bucks.
Someone swiped it from a museum in Australia.
From the FBI here:
A Cavalier, by Dutch artist Frans Van Mieris was recently stolen from an Australian art gallery. Valued at more than $1 million, it is the latest addition to the FBI Top Ten Art Crimes list.
Here are the facts:
… The painting was taken on Sunday, June 10 from the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney while the museum was open to the public.
… An oil on oak panel, it depicts a man believed to be the artist seated in a chair wearing a feathered cap and formal attire.
… The work of art is tiny—without the frame, the painting is just 20 centimeters high and 16 centimeters wide, or roughly 6 x 8 inches.
I wrote about the Art Crime Team and its efforts to locate a stolen Rockwell painting of russian schoolchildren. They found it. It was hanging on Steven Spielberg’s wall. He either has to give it back to the rightful owner or pay the owner for what it is worth. Chalk up another recovery for the ACT.
It seems that two Picasso Paintings were lifted from the Paris apartment of Picasso’s grandaughter, Diana Widmaier Picasso. And the crime was pulled off by professionals. There was no sign of a break-in. Sounds like a job for the FBI Art Crime Team.
From Reuters here:
Two Picasso paintings valued at 50 million euros ($66 million) were stolen this week from the Paris home of the Spanish painter’s granddaughter, Diana Widmaier Picasso, police said on Wednesday.
The paintings, identified by police as “Maya a la poupee” (Maya with doll) a 1938 portrait of the artist’s daughter, and “Portrait de femme, Jacqueline” were stolen in the night of Monday to Tuesday from her home in the French capital.
Lombard said Widmaier Picasso and a friend had been in the building, a grand house in Paris’s smart seventh arrondissement, and the circumstances of the theft were still unclear, with no obvious signs of a break-in.
Also blogging about this is the Esoteric Rabbit Blog here.
Tax Dollars well spent. The FBI maintains a team of special agents and prosecutors that can be dispatched anywhere in the United States or around the world to help in the sleuthing and recovery of stolen masterpieces.
The FBI is already famous for its Ten Most Wanted list. But did you know it also maintains a Ten Most Wanted Art Crimes list? Right now on that list are rare paintings, such as DaVinci’s Madonna of the Yarnwinder and a very rare Stradivarius Violin.
The FBI established a rapid deployment Art Crime Team in 2004. The team is composed of twelve Special Agents, each responsible for addressing art and cultural property crime cases in an assigned geographic region. The Art Crime Team is coordinated through the FBI’s Art Theft Program, located at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Art Crime Team agents receive specialized training in art and cultural property investigations and assist in art related investigations worldwide in cooperation with foreign law enforcement officials and FBI Legal Attach offices. The U.S. Department of Justice has assigned three Special Trial Attorneys to the Art Crime Team for prosecutive support.
Since its inception, the Art Crime Team has recovered over 850 items of cultural property with a value exceeding $65 million.
The Art Crime Team has recently reopened a cold case file on the stolen painting by Norman Rockwell of the Russian Schoolroom.