Two of Claude Monet’s London paintings, of Waterloo Bridge and of Charing Cross Bridge, are among the seven stolen in the audacious art theft from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal Museum. These murky impressionist pictures are actually more intriguing the longer you look at them in the flesh, as it were, but now everyone will be looking for them, after thieves hit the Dutch gallery at dawn, knowing they could get the paintings away via one of the world’s largest ports.
Police have partly blamed the design of the Dutch gallery for the theft, saying that because the paintings were visible from the windows it was relatively easy for a gang to plot a method of stealing them.
Also among the paintings stolen was a dodgy old Picasso of a harlequin with a squashed face. Keep that, chaps, just let us have the bridges back.