Insurer offers $50K reward for Renoir painting stolen in Houston
The painting, "Madeleine Leaning on Her Elbow with Flowers in Her Hair," which was painted by French impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir in 1918, was stolen from a Houston home in 2011. A private insurer has offered a reward of up to $50,000 for information that leads to its return.
SOURCE: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
An oil painting by French Impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir stolen from a Houston home last year--and estimated to be worth $1 million--is the newest addition to the FBI’s Top Ten Art Crimes list.
The painting, Madeleine Leaning on Her Elbow with Flowers in Her Hair, was stolen during an armed robbery on September 8, 2011. The homeowner was watching television when she heard a loud noise downstairs. When she went to investigate, she was confronted by an armed man in a ski mask.
Renoir, a master Impressionist, painted Madeleine Leaning on Her Elbow with Flowers in Her Hair in 1918. The canvas size is 50.17 x 41.28 centimeters, and the artist signed the oil portrait in the lower right corner. The painting was taken with its frame intact from the stairwell where it hung.
The masked robber, who forced entry through the back door of the home, is described as a white male, 18 to 26 years old, who weighs about 160 pounds and is approximately 5’-10” tall. He was armed with a large-caliber, semi-automatic handgun.
We need your help: Anyone with information about the stolen Renoir is encouraged to contact their local FBI office or the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or to submit a tip online at www.fbi.gov. A private insurer is offering up to $50,000 for information leading to the recovery of the painting.
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