France Taps Interpol to Track Stolen Paintings

Picasso, Matisse Artworks Stolen from Paris MuseumThe search for paintings stolen at a Paris museum earlier this week is going worldwide. France has reportedly sought the Interpol‘s assistance in going after the thieves, who carted away $125 million worth of paintings, including work by famous artists Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

France’s move appears to indicate that the paintings may have already been taken out of the country. Interpol’s Jean-Michel Louboutin said the international police organization’s agents in 188 countries have already been informed of the heist, which was discovered at the Musee d’Art Moderne on Thursday.

Stolen from the museum were “Dove with Green Peas” by Picasso, Matisse’s “Pastorale,” Amedeo Modigliani’s “Woman on the range,” Georges Braque’s “Olive tree l’Estaque,” and Fernand Leger’s “Still Life with Candlesticks.” Investigators believe that syndicates who trade the paintings for weapons and drugs may be behind the incident. Authorities do not expect the paintings to be sold directly to buyers as the pieces of artwork are very recognizable.