On Sunday five men stole four important works from the Cheret Museum of Fine Arts in Nice. The works are:
- Claude Monet, Cliffs at Dieppe (1897)
- Alfred Sisley, Lane lined with poplars near Moret (1890)
- Jan Breugel, Allegory of Water (17th Century)
- Jan Breugel, Allegory of Earth (17th Century)
The first two works were stolen and quickly recovered in 1998. The then curator was implicated in the theft. This image is from the 1998 BBC story outlining the theft and recovery. Entry to this museum was free on the Sunday, and the men threatened the museum staff before leaving in a motorcycle and a car. As one would expect, the Police in Nice are speculating that the works have been stolen to order as the high profile of these works and the artists would make a good-faith sale near impossible.
(correction: It’s Claude Monet, not Money as I typed incorrectly earlier today.)