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16 October 2012

INTERPOL issues alert following theft of paintings from Kunsthal Museum in The Netherlands

INTERPOL has alerted its member countries following the theft of seven paintings, including a Picasso, a Matisse and two Monets, during an overnight burglary (15 -16 October) at the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The stolen paintings, which will be registered in INTERPOL’s Stolen Works of Art database, have been identified as follows;

‘Harlequin Head’ (1971) - Pablo Picasso

‘Reading Girl in White and Yellow’ (1919) - Henri Matisse

‘Waterloo Bridge, London’ (1901) - Claude Monet

‘Charing Cross Bridge, London’ (1901) - Claude Monet

‘Girl in Front of Open Window’ (1888) - Paul Gauguin

‘Self-Portrait’ (1889 - '91) - Meyer de Haan

‘Woman with Eyes Closed’ (2002) - Lucian Freud

In addition to being available to National Central Bureaus in all INTERPOL 190 member countries, access to the database, which currently contains the latest information on some 40,000 items, is also available for registered public users such as cultural and professional bodies, including Ministries of Culture, museums, auction houses, art galleries, foundations and collectors.

Anyone with information about the theft or the whereabouts of the stolen works of art is asked to contact the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in The Hague (Ref.: KLR-U-2012049231 rvdh) or the  INTERPOL General Secretariat.