Matisse Stolen from Swedish Museum in 1987 Recovered

Bullet Shih Jan, 2013 0
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Stolen Matisse Le Jardin RecoveredThe Art Loss Register has reported some good news regarding a small Matisse oil stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm during a brazen theft where,

In the early hours of 11 May 1987, a burglar smashed his way into the museum with a sledgehammer, escaping with Henri Matisse’s Le Jardin (“The Garden”) just moments before museum security arrived on the scene…

According to reports at the time, several attempts were made to ransom the painting or sell it back to the museum for exorbitant sums. For the next two decades, the trail apparently went cold and the whereabouts of the painting remained a mystery.

The article explains that a few weeks ago, art dealer Charles Roberts in Essex, UK was doing his due diligence against the the Art Loss Register after being offered the Matisse by a Polish collector.  The work in question popped up on the database as being stolen and Christopher A. Marinello, an art recovery specialist and lawyer working with the Art Loss Register in London was notified and negotiated the return of the painting.

Marinello has stated that he hopes the Matisse will be returned to Stockholm in a few weeks.


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