Our culture piece this month is inspired by CNN’s post on famous stolen paintings. Stealing art is a lucrative business, don’t get any ideas now … stick to your day job!
The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring
WATCH OUT, art thieves are always lurking and waiting for their opportunity to pounce! This certainly was the case when Van Gogh’s “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring” was recently stolen from a Dutch museum closed due to COVID-19.
Did you know that in 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from Louvre by Italian handyman, Vincenzo Peruggia?! It took two years for the police to recover it.
La Coiffeuse (The Hairdresser)
Picasso’s “La Coiffeuse” was stolen in 2001. It was recovered over a decade later in December 2014 after being shipped from Belgium to the United States. The shipper listed the oil painting as a $37 Christmas present. A bargain for one of Pablo’s masterpieces that is worth millions.
What a spectacular Christmas present that would have been!