Monet’s London Paintings Vanish Into The Mist

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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.

6 comments on “Monet’s London Paintings Vanish Into The Mist”

  1. Dan Terrell says:

    Is it just my memory lumping several northern countries together or has there been over the years a lot of painting snatching in Holland?

  2. John Howard says:

    Not seen these ones before. Very Turneresque.

  3. Helen Martin says:

    Not a memory flaw, Dan, there have been a number and because they were really famous artists we heard about it. There have been some big ones from Spain and Italy as well, of course. It’s really infuriating that anyone would commission a theft like this. I can’t imagine thieves doing it on spec.

  4. Dan Terrell says:

    They did it because they wanted the “Monet” times are tough. Sorry, sorry.

  5. John Howard says:

    It must have been the Greeks then Dan

  6. John Howard says:

    Didn’t someone once say something about Greeks and gifts?

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