"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Bührle collection thieves go for the Monet

The The art collection of Emil Georg Bührle (1890-1956), a Zurich industrialist, is among the most important 20th-century private collections of European art.

Here are two of the paintings stolen this weekend

Blühender Kastanienzweig - Horse Chestnut Blossom
Öl auf Leinwand. 72.5 x 91 cm.
Vincent van Gogh Entstanden 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise, De la Faille 820.

Poppies near Vétheuil
Oil on canvas. 71.5 x 90.5 cm.
Claude Monet, Painted around 1880.

Wonderful collection and the repoductions ov every piece in the collection can be viewed at the website in High Resolution.

It includes this ravishing Nude by Modigliani with very odd commentary and notes.

Stop Press : 19th Feb 2008 Thanks to a tip off from Lord Patel the pictures have been recovered undamaged.

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