Yesterday, Rotterdam’s Kunsthal Museum experienced its worst nightmare – stolen art! In the wee hours of the morning thieves made off with 7 paintings by master artists. Included in the heist were:
- 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
- Picasso’s 1971 Harlequin Head.
- Meyer de Haan’s Self-Portrait
- Lucian Freud’s 2002 work Woman with Eyes Closed.
Truly a terrible situation as the art was from a private collection and generously loaned to be on display for the public’s viewing.
Curious as to how the thieves could pull off such a feat in today’s world of technology and hi-tech security it made me wonder ‘how does one steal a million’? How did Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole do it in the 1966 movie How to Steal a Million? A romantic comedy about a woman who must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father’s art forgeries, and the man who helps her.
If you have never watched How to Steal a Million you must. The fashions, cars and set designs are well worth seeing.
The movie is set in France so there is great architecture to be seen.
The sweeping staircase and Baroque furniture in the home Audrey shares with her father is beautiful.
Notice the bed linens, upholstered head-board and wallpaper are all the same pattern in Audrey’s bedroom.
The curving banquette that Audrey perches upon while wearing her infamous lace mask is so fabulous. Possibly velvet.
Of course there is lots of art to be seen.
And here is something interesting that I noticed. Audrey Hepburn sitting at her dressing table in How to Steal a Million and looking rather pensive has an uncanny likeness to Henri Matisse’s Reading Girl in White and Yellow also looking rather pensive.
I wish all the best to the Kunsthal Museum in retrieving the stolen art.
Such a pity to read that The mother of the Romanian Art theft who stole these artworks admitted torching them when her son was arrested because she knew what had happened and was scared!!! How about being a decent mother and returning them seeing your low life scum of a son broke the law! No accountability for ignorance… Just a dumb ass!!!
Wow, unbelievable. Such a waste. I will have to do a follow-up blog post. Thanks for the heads up.