ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) – Two Impressionist paintings stolen in one of Europe’s largest art thefts have been recovered in an abandoned car, police said yesterday.
The pictures by Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet were among four paintings worth $163 million that were stolen from a private museum in a Feb. 10 armed robbery.
The two other paintings taken from the E.G. Buehrle Collection – one by Edgar Degas and the other by Paul Cezanne – remain missing, the commandant of the Zurich city police told reporters.
The recovered paintings – Monet’s “Poppy field at Vetheuil” and van Gogh’s “Blooming Chestnut Branches” – were discovered in a parking lot in front of a Zurich mental hospital on Monday.