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Recovered Art

Recovered Art. Last week we looked at works that went missing and will likely never been seen again. For this Art Wednesday we’ll look at works of art that went missing, but were then later recovered.

Caravaggio, St. Jerome Writing, 1607


Cezanne, The Boy in the Red Vest, 1889

Loss Event: Stolen February 2008 from the Foundation E.G. Bührle, Zürich, Switzerland

Recovered: In Serbia, April 2012

Cezanne, The Boy in the Red Vest, 1889


DaVinci, Mona Lisa, c. 1516

Loss Event: Stolen from the Louvre in 1911

Recovered: In 1913 when the thief attempted to sell it.

DaVinci, Mona Lisa, c. 1516


Degas, Count Lepic and His Daughters, 1870

Loss Event: Stolen February 2008 from the Foundation E.G. Bührle, Zürich, Switzerland

Recovered: In Serbia, April 2012

Degas, Count Lepic and His Daughters, 1870


Degas, The Chorus, 1876

Loss Event: Stolen in 2009 from the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France, as part of a £700,000 art heist. Just think about that for a second. 2009! Musée d'Orsay! How in the world?

Recovered: In Paris, 2018

Degas, The Chorus, 1876


Munch, The Scream, 1893

Loss Event: Stolen twice, once in 1994 from the National Gallery in Oslo; and again in 2004 from the Munch Museum in Oslo.

Recovered: In 1994 and 2006, respectively.

Munch, The Scream, 1893


Rembrandt, Self-Portrait, 1630

Loss Event: Stolen in December 2000 from the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Recovered: Copenhagen, 2005.

Rembrandt, Self-Portrait, 1630


Van Gogh, Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Neunen, 1884. (A very early Van Gogh).

Loss Event: Stolen 2002 from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Recovered: Naples, September 30, 2016

Van Gogh, Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Neunen, 1884


Last one today. I hope this week’s Art Wednesday has felt a little like a celebration of recovery.

William Kooning, Woman Ochre, 1955

Loss Event: Stolen in 1985 from the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tuscon

Recovered: 2017

William Kooning, Woman Ochre, 1955


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