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Picasso, Matisse and Monet Paintings Stolen From Dutch Museum

Seven paintings from some of Western art's greatest masters went missing from a the Kunsthal Museum in Holland this morning

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One of the stolen works by Paul Gauguin, ‘Femme devant une fenêtre ouverte, dite la Fiancée’ (1888). Photo: parool.nl

Seven paintings from some of Western art’s greatest masters went missing from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, Holland, this morning. The stolen works included paintings by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and Lucian Freud, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The stolen works include:

  • Pablo Picasso: ‘Tête d’Arlequin’ (1971)
  • Henri Matisse: ‘la Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune’ (1919)
  • Claude Monet: ‘Waterloo Bridge, London’ (1901)
  • Claude Monet: ‘Charing Cross Bridge, London’ (1901)
  • Paul Gauguin: ‘Femme devant une fenêtre ouverte, dite la Fiancée’ (1888)
  • Meyer de Haan: ‘Autoportrait’ (circa 1889 – ’91)
  • Lucian Freud: ‘Woman with Eyes Closed’ (2002)

The museum remained closed today in order to investigate, and Dutch police are asking the public for clues to help solve the crime. The missing paintings were part of a private collection owned by the Triton Foundation and were on display to mark the museum’s 20th anniversary.

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