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Matisse Painting Returns to Stockholm after Decades of Absence

Posted: Jan. 31st, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Stolen in 1987 and hidden away in Essex, a Matisse painting from the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm worth $1,000,000 was returned to the museum after it was identified as stolen. The painting had been lost to the world after the thieves failed to ransom the painting back to the museum, but is now safely in the hands of its rightful owners.

 A Matisse painting which was stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm in 1987 has been returned, after it was discovered in Essex at the end of last year.

The museum released a statement reading "The painting 'Le Jardin' has been brought home from London. Right now the painting is in its transportation case." The museum said the artwork would need 24 hours to acclimatise to its new surroundings before being unpacked. Le Jardin has been in secure storage at the Art Loss Register in London, who identified it as a stolen work after being contacted by a dealer in Essex before Christmas.


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