A Degas pastel from the Musee d’Orsay stolen in Marseille

Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
The Choristers
Pastel on monotype - 27 x 32 cm
Paris, Musée d’Orsay (stolen the 31/12/09)
Photo : Musée d’Orsay

7/01/10– Theft –Marseille, Musee Cantini –A small pastel by Edgar Degas, The Choristers (ill.), belonging to the Musee d’Orsay was stolen from the Musee Cantini in Marseille where it was on display as part of the exhibition De la scène au tableau (see the review here) which ended on 3 January 2010.

The conditions in which the painting was stolen are still not clear. A museum attendant noticed that the work had disappeared on the morning of Thursday, 31 December 2009. The pastel had been presented at the third Impressionist exhibition in 1877 and came from the Gustave Caillebotte collection. It will be difficult to sell off as it is too well known.

Didier Rykner, jeudi 7 janvier 2010

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