Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Gauguin: Stolen!

Thieves broke into the Kunsthal museum located in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, on Tuesday October 16, 2012 and took off with works from Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse.

Police haven't said how they pulled off the early hours heist, but an expert who tracks stolen art said the robbers clearly knew what they were after.

The heist at the Kunsthal museum is one of the largest in years and is a stunning blow for the private Triton Foundation collection, which was being exhibited publicly as a group for the first time.

The works taken were:

Pablo Picasso's 1971 "Harlequin's Head";

Claude Monet's 1901 "Waterloo Bridge, London" and

"Charing Cross Bridge, London";

Henri Matisse's 1919 "Reading Girl in White and Yellow";

Paul Gauguin's 1898 "Girl in Front of Open Window";

Meyer de Haan's "Self-Portrait," around 1890,

and Lucian Freud's 2002 work "Woman with Eyes Closed."