Picasso, Monet Masterpieces Said to Be Burned

    This photo released by the police in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, shows the 1898 painting 'Girl in Front of Open Window' by Paul Gaugain. Dutch police say seven paintings stolen from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam include one by Pablo Picasso, one by Henri Matisse, and two by Claude Monet. The heist, one of the largest in years in the Netherlands, occurred while the private Triton Foundation collection was being exhibited publicly as a group for the first time. (AP Photo/Police Rotterdam)

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    In a story that defies logic, all that remains of works by Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Lucian Freud, and Meyer de Hanan may have been burned. Last October, thieves stole seven works belonging to collector Willem Cordia from Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum. Investigators traced the paintings to the remote Romanian village of Carcaliu, where Olga Dogaru—the mother of the alleged thief—says she burned the works because if they no longer existed, she thought he son could not get in trouble. (The paintings include Monet’s 1901 Waterloo Bridge, London, Gauguin’s 1898 Girl in Front of Open Window, and Picasso’s 1971 Harlequin Head.) While experts have not yet confirmed the remains are definitely those works, they have discovered remnants like tin-lead yellow which has not been used since the 19th century as well as nails and tacks made by blacksmiths. 

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