Monday, February 11, 2008
A gang of armed thieves overpowered museum personnel at the E.G. Buehrle Foundation in Zurich on Sunday, making off with four major works: van Gogh's "Blossoming Chestnut Branches" from the Auvers period (shown); Monet's "Poppy Field at Vetheuil"; Degas' "Ludovic Lepic and His Daughter"; and Cezanne's "Boy with a Red Waistcoat" (not to be confused with the "Boy with a Red Waistcoat" in the National Gallery, Washington). The four are estimated at $163.2 million, and a $91,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the recovery of the paintings.
The Buehrle Foundation is actually home to several van Goghs, including a version of the November 1888 "Sower" and a Paris period self-portrait. At least the thieves only got one of them.