Alexandre Casati, La Vente du Poisson (The Sale of Fish), ca. 1836, oil on canvas, 25 x 32".

Fire at French Maritime Museum Destroys Three Paintings from the Louvre

After last week’s news that several works in the Louvre’s collection had been damaged by water from recent thunderstorms in Paris, Naomi Rea reports at Artnet that three paintings on long-term loan from the Louvre to the maritime museum on the French island of Tatihou have been destroyed in a fire most likely caused by lightning.

Located off the coast of Normandy, the museum also lost works ranging from Bronze Age furniture and historical objects, such as artifacts from the 1692 shipwrecks during naval battle of La Hogue, to paintings from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. “Several thousand ethnographic pieces related to the maritime have been destroyed or largely damaged by the fire,” Alain Talon, director of heritage and museums of the English Channel, said. “As for the paintings, about 200 works were totally destroyed, representing a financial loss of nearly two million euros.”

The three works on loan from the Louvre—Alexandre Casati’s nineteenth-century La Vente du Poisson (The Sale of Fish) and two anonymous seventeenth-century Dutch paintings—are estimated to be worth roughly $46,000.