Picasso, Matisse artworks stolen from Paris museum (video)
Five masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amadeo Modigliani and others worth more than $120 million have been stolen from a Paris museum, French officials said.
The daring heist took place overnight Wednesday at the Musee d’Art Moderne, and CCTV footage shows a hooded thief cutting a lock on an external gate and breaking a window to gain entry to the establishment.
“I am saddened and shocked by this theft, which is an intolerable assault on Paris’s universal cultural heritage,” Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said in statement posted on the city’s website.
The paintings stolen were Picasso’s Le Pigeon aux Petits, Pastorale by Matisse, The Lady with the Fan by Modigliani, The Olive Tree near Estaque by George Braque, and Still Life with Chandeliers by Fernand Leger.
The burglary is the latest to hit Paris after robbers stole 32 drawings at the Picasso Museum last June. Check out Bloomberg’s report below: