Vincent van Gogh, Blossoming Chestnut Branches, Oil on canvas. 72.5 x 91 cm. Painted in 1890 at Auvers-sur-Oise, De la Faille 820.
ZURICH.-Swiss police reported the theft of four Impressionist masterpieces from the Buehrle Foundation museum this past Sunday. The works are worth around $164 million. The works are: Claude Monet’s "Poppies near Vetheuil", Edgar Degas’ "Count Lepic and his Daughters", Vincent Van Gogh’s "Blossoming Chestnut Branch", and Paul Cezanne’s "Boy in a Red Waistcoat". Officials stated that three masked men entered the museum on Sunday at 4:30 pm and threatened staff with a gun. They loaded the four works to a white car and drove off.
Lukas Gloor, the museum’s director, said, the stolen works are "the four finest in the museum's collection".
Zurich police spokesman Mario Cortesi stated, "We're talking about the biggest ever robbery carried out in Switzerland, even Europe."