Missing Masterpieces: Romanian Art Thieves Finally Arrested


Romanian police have arrested three suspects linked to a major art heist in Amsterdam last year. “Three people have been arrested, but unfortunately we did not get the paintings back,” a Dutch police spokeswoman stated.

It was the biggest art theft in the Netherlands since 20 works vanished from Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum in 1991. In this instance, seven works were stolen including masterpieces from Monet and Picasso. The artwork was on display as part of the museum’s 20th anniversary and belongs to the private Triton Collection. The stolen works combined value is estimated to be tens of millions of dollars, though police say it will be absolutely impossible for these pieces to be sold on the open market.

It is believed that the thieves broke into the museum through an emergency exit. They triggered the alarms and police were on the scene within five minutes, but by then the thieves were gone along with the paintings.

The paintings stolen were:

Pablo Picasso’s 1971 “Harlequin Head”; Claude Monet’s 1901 “Waterloo Bridge, London”; and “Charing Cross Bridge, London”; Henri Matisse’s 1919 “Reading Girl in White and Yellow”; Paul Gauguin’s 1898 “Girl in Front of Open Window”; Meyer de Haan’s “Self-Portrait,” around 1890; and Lucian Freud’s 2002 work “Woman with Eyes Closed.”


About Author

Denis Foynes

Denis Foynes was born in New York City to Irish parents in 1991. When he was 8, his family returned to Celtic Tiger Ireland. Denis has an International Politics degree from Aberystwyth University in Wales. After completing university, he decided to leave crisis Ireland and relocate to Panama.