A Surprise Recovery of Works By Salvadore Dali and Tamara de Lempicka
There was much of a noise when in 2009 Salvadore Dali’s gouache Adolescence from 1941 and Tamara de Lempicka’s oil painting La Musicienne from 1929 were stolen from a private museum in Netherlands. The latter was even showcased in one of Madonna’s music video for Vogue in 1990. It was on the 27th of July that Arthur Brand, the Dutch art detective let everyone know on twitter that the esteemed works have in fact been recovered and are in good condition.
The works were housed in Scheringa Museum of Realist Art which was established in a village by the name of Spanbroek that lies in the province of North Holland. This museum incidentally closed off in 2011. On the 1st of May 2009, these were stolen in quite a brash fashion right within the opening hours when a number of masked robbers held the staff and the visitors at gunpoint and escaped with their loot in a surprisingly short span of time.
According to the statement that Brand gave to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the works were in fact in the possession of a criminal gang. This gang did not want to incriminate itself by destroying the artwork or by reselling them, hence contacted him through intermediaries.
To further the reinstatement of the works, Brand passed them on to the Scotland Yard detective, who is now in touch with the anonymous owners of the works. The owners, interestingly still wish to remain unnamed under the circumstances.