Major Art Theft at Dutch Museum: Monets, Matisse, and More Missing

Detail of Matisse's "Reading Girl in White and Yellow," 1919, stolen from the Triton Foundation Collection during a special exhibition at the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Detail of Matisse's "Reading Girl in White and Yellow," 1919, stolen from the Triton Foundation Collection during a special exhibition at the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Seven paintings by modern masters were brazenly stolen from Rotterdam's Kunsthal Museum in a pre-dawn heist on Tuesday. The massive take is valued at about €309m, and the artworks may be headed to a criminal underground as collateral or held as ransom.

Among the missing are Gauguin's Girl in Front of Open Window; Picasso's 1971 Harlequin Head; Lucian Freud's Woman with Eyes Closed; Matisse's Reading Girl in White and Yellow; Monet's Waterloo Bridge, London, and Charing Cross Bridge, London; and Meyer De Haan's Self-Portrait.

The Kunsthal was showing the works in a special exhibition to mark its 20th anniversary, titled "Avant-Gardes." The exhibition was scheduled to run through January 20 and consisted of 150 works in all from the Triton Foundation Collection, owned by the Cordia family, one of the wealthiest families in the Netherlands.

Family head Willem Cordia, an oil-shipping-textile magnate, built a stunning private collection of 250 artworks over the course of 20 years.

An alarm was triggered at the museum, but the thieves were gone before police arrived just five minutes later.

Art theft losses come to about $6 billion per year, reports the FBI.

More News Feed Headlines

Museum of Modern Art, courtyard

MoMA Offers Voluntary Buyouts to Staffers

  • May 03, 2016 13:01

Following the Met's announcement recently of possible layoffs to balance a $10 million deficit, ...

Read More

Attorney General Eric T.  Schneiderman

New York Attorney General Goes After Unpaid Taxes on Art

  • May 03, 2016 12:17

The New York attorney general made a $7 million settlement on Tuesday with real estate developer ...

Read More

Missing from the Gardner Museum are Vermeer’s "The Concert" (1658–1660), Rembrandt’s only seascape, "Storm on the Sea of Galilee (1633), and Edouard Manet’s "Chez Tortoni" (1878–1880.

FBI Again Searches Home of Suspect in Gardner Museum Heist

  • May 02, 2016 13:54

The FBI is for a third time conducting a search of the Manchester, Conn., property of elderly ...

Read More

Ralph Cahoon, Mermaid’s Washday, oil on masonite

Cape Cod's Cahoon Museum to Reopen After $3 Million Expansion

  • May 02, 2016 13:27

After a $3 million conservation and renovation of its original 1775 Georgian Colonial building ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

 

ArtfixDaily Artwire