On October 16, 2012 Dutch police confirmed that seven paintings had been stolen, shortly after 3 a.m. local time, from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam. The paintings which were taken, Pablo Picasso’s Tete d’Arlequin, Henri Matisse’s La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune and Waterloo Bridge, London, Claude Monet’s Charing Cross, London, Paul Gauguin’s Femme Devant une Fenêtre Ouverte, dite La Fiancée, Jacob Meyer de Haan’s Autoportrait, and Lucian Freud’s Woman with Eyes Closed were estimated to be worth millions.
The stolen art works were part of the museum’s Avant Guard Exhibition, which highlighted material on loan from the private Triton Foundation collection. Built over twenty years by Rotterdam oil and shipping magnate Willem Cordia and his wife Marijke van der Laan, the exhibition, set to run from 7 October 2012 until 20 January 2013, was the first time any artwork from the Triton Collection had been exhibited publicly.
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