Thursday, November 27, 2008


Art works' theft is one of the most popular form of crime. Interpol currently records 227 stolen art items during the last two months. This painting by Albert Marquet was stolen in Argentina and is still not recovered. It measures 54 x 46 cm. and is an oil on canvas.

Albert Marquet (1875 - 1947) was a painter and draughtsman who was a member of the Fauves early in his career and a close friend of Matisse. He eventually abandoned the Fauvist approach and adopted a naturalistic style.

He painted portraits and female nudes, but most of his output consisted of landscapes. He often painted scenes of Paris ports and bridges. After 1925, he worked mostly in watercolors.

Through his travels, he gained an international reputation. However, because of his shy demeanor, he preferred to remain out of the spotlight and refused all honors that were offered to him.

The two countries most affected by this phenomenon are France and Italy. The illicit trade in cultural objects is sustained by the demand from the arts market, the opening of borders, the improvement in transport systems and the political instability of certain countries.

Currently one of the most sought after stolen work of art is the Garcon au gilet rouge (right) by Paul Cezanne that was stolen in Switzerland. If by any chance you are aware of its shenanigans please contact Interpol by the mean of this form.

Cezanne (1839-1906) was a French artist and post impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century.

C├ęzanne can be said to form the bridge between late 19th century
Impressionism and the early 20th century's new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism.

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