Published: 02 Dec 2012 11:15 GMT+01:00 | Print version
Updated: 02 Dec 2012 11:15 GMT+01:00
An investigation is under way into the theft of a painting by Eugène Delacroix worth more than 600,000 euros from a Paris art gallery.
The small painting, entitled “The Arabs of Oran”, measuring 19 centimetres wide and 15 centimetres high, was reportedly lifted from a wall on Friday and taken out by someone on foot.
The artwork, dating from 1833, was displayed at a gallery in the Rue Saint-Honoré across the road from the Louvre Museum in the centre of Paris.
A gallery worker discovered the theft on Friday afternoon.
Delacroix, who lived from 1798 to 1863, was the most important member of the French Romantic movement.
The anti-crime squad of the Paris judicial police is looking into the theft.
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