Picasso, 2 Monets Among Works Stolen at Dutch Museum

2:53 PM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
A white spot on the wall marks the spot of a stolen painting at the Rotterdam Kunsthal museum on October 16, 2012. Several paintings of considerable value were stolen from Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum where works by world-renowned 19th and 20th century artists including Picasso and Van Gogh hang (Photo read ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Amsterdam (AP via USA Today) -- Thieves who broke into a Dutch museum during the night made off with seven paintings, including a Picasso, a Matisse and 2 Monets worth "considerable value."

The paintings were taken from Rotterdam's Kunsthal Museum, which is showing its own works as well as paintings from the Triton Foundation collection of avant-garde art.

Police spokeswoman Willemieke Romijn says police are reviewing videotapes of the theft, which took place around 3 a.m. Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

"There was a break-in during the night and a few paintings were taken that represent a considerable sum," says spokeswoman, Patricia Wessels, the BBC reports.

The Kunsthal exhibition was showing works by more than 150 famed artists.

Others whose work was on display include Alexander Calder, Paul Cezanne, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Edgar Degas, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Gauguin, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Rene Magritte, Claude Monet, August Rodin and Andy Warhol.

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