Monet and Others Stolen in Museum Heist in Nice

Armed robbers stole four artworks—including a Monet—in a brazen daylight raid on a French museum last Sunday, reports Kim Willsher for The Guardian. A gang of masked men walked into the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nice and ordered staff to lie on the floor at gunpoint while they snatched the paintings. They removed five canvases but dropped and damaged one as they made their escape. Monet's Falaises près de Dieppe (Cliffs near Dieppe), 1897, and Alfred Sisley's Allée des peupliers de Moret (The Lane of Poplars at Moret), 1890, were taken. Two paintings by Jan Brueghel the Elder were also taken. It was the second time the Monet had been stolen and the third time for the Sisley. Both were stolen from the same museum in 1998 but were discovered a week later on a boat moored in a nearby town. The museum's then curator was convicted of the theft and jailed for five years along with two accomplices. The Sisley was also stolen in 1978 when on loan in Marseille. It was recovered a few days later in the city's sewers.