Five paintings stolen from the Frans Hals Museum recovered

20/9/08— Thefts — Haarlem, Frans Hals Museum — The Dutch police have recovered five paintings which had been stolen in 2002 from the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem. These include a Cornelis Dusart, The Drinkers (ill. 1), a Cornelis Bega, The Musicians, two by Adrian van Ostade : The Happy Drinker and The Charlatan (ill. 2), the latter belonging to the Dutch institute for Cultural Heritage (Instituut Collectie Nederland) and a Jan Steen, Charlatan at the Market, belonging to a private collection.

1. Cornelis Dusart (1660-1704)t
The Drinkers, c. 1700
Oil on canvas - 48 x 56 cm
Haarlem, Frans Hals Museum

2. Adrian van Ostade (1610-1685)
The Charlatan, 1648
Oil on panel - 27 x 22 cm
Instituut Collectie Nederland

Three of the works were slightly damaged. They will nonetheless be exhibited at the museum until 28 September.

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Didier Rykner, samedi 20 septembre 2008

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