Greece recovers Picasso, Mondrian paintings stolen from gallery in 2012

ATHENS — Greek police have recovered a work of art by Pablo Picasso and another one by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, both stolen from Greece’s National Gallery in 2012, they said on Monday.

Thieves broke in the gallery and snatched Picasso’s 1939 painting “Woman’s Head”, donated by the artist in 1949, and Mondrian’s “Mill” dated 1905.

To mislead the guard, the thieves had activated the gallery’s alarm system several times before breaking into the building early in the early morning. The guard turned off the alarm only to later spot one of the thieves through the motion detector.

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Before escaping, the thief dropped another 1905 Mondrian painting.

Police on Monday found the two artworks hidden at a gorge in the wider Athens area and arrested a Greek man, said a police official on condition of anonymity.

Greek authorities are due to make official statements on the case on Tuesday.


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