Search on for missing Delacroix canvas

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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