At Large  November 30, 2018  Chandra Noyes

Renoir Landscape Stolen from Austrian Auction House

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Golfe, Mer, Falaises Vertes, 1895

Auctioneers at Dorotheum Auction House in Vienna found themselves short one valuable Renoir landscape on Monday. Set to be sold at auction on Wednesday, the painting was on display in their public showroom, when a team of three thieves walked in, cut the painting out of its frame and walked back out. Police believe they were professional thieves, as their efforts were well-coordinated and swiftly executed.

Courtesy Vienna Police

Security cameras captured the thieves on tape.

Golfe, Mer, Falaises Vertes, or "Bay, Sea, Green Cliffs," was painted in 1895, and shows the famed Impressionists penchant for rich jewel tones, the play of light, and loose, expressive brushstrokes. The painting's presale estimate was listed as being between $136,500 and $182,000. The auction house has released no further details, but police continue to search for the culprits.

Art & Object will keep you updated on any developments in the case.

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