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20 January, 11:18

Belgian police found Chagall and Picasso paintings stolen 14 years ago

Belgian police found Chagall and Picasso paintings stolen 14 years ago
In March 2010, the art world lost two outstanding works - Pablo Picasso's Head and Marc Chagall's Man in Prayer. These two paintings, stolen from the private collection of the Herzikovich family in Tel Aviv, became the object of discussion and mystery for 14 long years. They were recently found in the basement of the Belgian city of Antwerp.

The Herzikovich family lost not only two valuable works of art, but also jewelry worth $680,000. The crime was a real blow for collectors, and the loss of outstanding artistic masterpieces shocked the art community.
The painting
The painting "Man in Prayer" by Marc Chagall, stolen 14 years ago from Israel and found in Belgium
The turning point in this case happened a few years ago, when law enforcement agencies came across the trail of an art dealer who, according to operational information, was in possession of stolen paintings.

During a months-long undercover operation, the police managed to track down the suspect, who was a 68-year-old Israeli watch dealer. Although this man admitted to owning the paintings, he did not say where they were.

When law enforcement officers searched the building that used to house an art salon linked to past art thefts and this art dealer, investigators found two wooden boxes containing the stolen artwork.
The painting
The painting "Head" by Pablo Picasso, stolen 14 years ago from Israel and found in Belgium
"Head" by Pablo Picasso, created in 1971, is a cubist portrait that impresses with its depth and unexpected forms. This work became an important element of the artist's cultural heritage. "Man in Prayer" by Marc Chagall, created in 1970, also reflects the artist's unique style and his unique view of the world.

While the investigation continues, the story of the returned paintings serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting and preserving cultural heritage.

Source: theguardian.com

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