Forensic experts dust the inside of a back door for fingerprints at Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday Oct. 16, 2012
Thieves made off with paintings by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and other famous modern artists from a museum in Rotterdam, Dutch police confirmed today.
Paintings by Paul Gauguin, Lucian Freud and Meyer de Haan, were also on the list of seven paintings stolen from Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum overnight, police said on their website.
Neither the police nor the Kunsthal were immediately able to put a value on the haul, but the theft is one of the art world's most dramatic in recent years and will likely be worth millions.
The list of paintings on the Dutch police website were: 1. Pablo Picasso: "Tête d'Arlequin" 2. Henri Matisse: "la Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune" 3. Claude Monet: "Waterloo Bridge, London" 4. Claude Monet: "Charing Cross Bridge, London" 5. Paul Gauguin: "Femme devant une fenêtre ouverte, dite la
Fiancée" 6. Meyer de Haan: "Autoportrait" (circa 1889 - '91) 7. Lucian Freud: "Woman with Eyes Closed" (2002)
Kunsthal, designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, does not have its own collection and exhibits different types of art, including photos, sculptures, design and fashion.
It had only just opened a new exhibition a few days ago to celebrate its 20th anniversary, including paintings by Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Piet Mondriaan, Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Freud, and others showing examples of impressionism, expressionism, and other modern art movements.
More than 150 paintings on display in the exhibit came from the privately owned Triton Foundation collection, and many of the works are worth a million euros or more, Kunsthal's former executive Wim van Krimpen told Dutch public radio station Radio 1.