|Pablo Picasso, "Femme au Chignon" [woman with bun]," 1957 lithograph|
A valuable painting was also left behind at a home invasion in Sweden, it was reported on Friday. The homeowner was bound and threatened with a knife by 2 men who forced their way into his house in Stockholm. They stole 3 paintings, but abandoned them. Two were found in a dumpster nearby, but the 3rd - an 1877 work by Carl Larsson, ”Clair-Obscur” ["Light-Shadow"], believed to be worth more than half a million dollars - was too big (130 × 102.5 cm) to fit in their getaway car! “I was standing 10m from where they ran out. They tried to get the painting in the car, but it was too big. They threw it aside when we came,” said a witness, adding that they almost ran it over in their hurry to get away.
Meanwhile, a $5 million reward has been offered for information leading to the recovery of paintings - by masters including Rembrandt, Degas, and Vermeer - stolen in 1990 from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Garner Museum (more here), but only $5,000 is being offered for information on a collection including drawings, prints, and paintings by Joseph Beuys and his contemporaries (more here).
Thanks for the link that sparked this post, Melissa!