The prosecutor's office in Bucharest (Romania) has announced the discovery in the country of a painting that, in the absence of authenticity checks, appears to be a Picasso work stolen in 2012 at the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam. Tête d'Arlequin ("Head of Harlequin") was stolen in the course of a robbery that also included works of Matisse, Monet or Lucien Freud for a value of several million euros.
Although the leader of the criminals and their accomplices were already convicted in 2013, none of the stolen works of art had been recovered so far. Some Romanian experts feared that at least three had been burned with the intention of destroying evidence.
In fact, in the course of the investigation Ashes containing pigments for disused paint were found. The thieves came to offer to return the paintings in exchange for trial in the Netherlands.
The prosecution has made the finding public in a statement. "Prosecutors in the fight against organized crime are investigating the circumstances in which a painting signed by Picasso was found for an approximate value of 800,000 euros on Saturday night in Tulcea County" and added that the checks are being made. necessary to confirm that the painting is authentic.
The recovery of the work, as also reported by the prosecution, came after two Dutch citizens arrived at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bucharest with the box; they claimed that they had found it in the county of southeast Romania.
The other works of the robbery are The Liseuse in Blanc et Jaune ("Woman reading in white and yellow") by Henri Matisse, Waterloo Bridge, London Y Charing Cross Bridge, London by Claude Monet, Femme devant une fenêtre ouverte ("Woman in front of an open window") by Paul Gauguin, Autoportrait ("Self-portrait") by Meijer De Haan and Woman with Eyes Closed ("Woman with closed eyes") by Lucian Freud.