Five Paintings Stolen from Paris Museum

pablo-picasso-le-pigeon-petits-poisThe Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris reported a theft of five paintings last Thursday, May 20 with total value at 100 million euros (124 million USD).

The paintings that were taken are:

  • Le pigeon aux petits pois(The Pigeon with the Peas) by Pablo Picasso (pictured)
  • La Pastorale by Henri Matisse
  • L’Olivier Près de l’Estaque (Olive Tree near Estaque) by Georges Braque
  • La Femme à l’Éventail (Woman with a Fan) by Amedeo Modigliani
  • Nature Morte aux Chandeliers (Still Life with Chandeliers) by Fernand Léger

The Picasso art is valued at 25 million euros while the Matisse masterpiece is at 20 million euros.

The museum has a security system that was last upgraded five years ago. It has been suffering from some technical problems this week and was due for some parts replacement.

The museum will remain close until further notice.

Police are not ruling out that there were accomplices from the museum since the thieves have been able to go past through the security and they seem to know which ones are valuable.