Stolen Matisse resurfaces

Last updated 11:12 09/01/2013
Matisse painting
FOUND: Le Jardin, a 1920 oil on canvas by Henri Matisse.

Relevant offers

Europe

Researchers find a way to slow ice cream from melting Spy agencies mining Ashley Madison data for blackmail material Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde causes outrage over rape remarks Man becomes 12th goring victim in Spain's bull-running season Syrian child refugees disappear from hospital in Austria Putin pumps iron to show Russians his healthy side Merkel calls on EU to share burden of exploding refugee crisis United Nations urges Netherlands to retire 'Black Pete' character French reporters 'tried to blackmail king' Three refugee children found critically ill in van in Austria

A painting by Henri Matisse has been recovered a quarter of a century after it was stolen from a Swedish museum by a sledgehammer-wielding thief.

The Art Loss Register, which tracks stolen, missing and looted art, says Le Jardin was found when a British dealer checked the picture against the group's database before selling it.

Christopher Marinello, a lawyer working with the London-based register, said British dealer Charles Roberts said he had acquired the painting from an elderly collector in Poland.

Marinello said the painting, valued at about US$1 million, would be returned to Stockholm's Moderna Museet.

The painting was snatched from the gallery in May 1987.

Marinello said it was up to Swedish police to decide whether to try to track down the thieves.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content