Sunday, March 8, 2009

Dutch recovered missing paintings

Dutch officials have recovered eight paintings by artists, including Pissarro and Renoir, that have been missing since 1987. The works, dating from the 17th and 19th Centuries, were found in the south of the country after they had been offered for sale. Some of the works - which disappeared from Maastricht's art gallery - were seriously damaged.

Two men and a woman were arrested and will appear in court on Monday. The investigation has yet to determine where the paintings have been for more than 20 years. The paintings were found in the towns of Valkenburg and Walem.

The works were by 17th Century artists David Teniers, Willem van de Velde and Jan Brueghel the Younger, as well as 19th Century painters Eva Gonzales, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Paul Desire Trouillebert.

Dutch officials have not given any further details.


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