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Marmottan Monet Museum
art museum in Paris, France
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Marmottan Monet Museum
art museum in Paris, France
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Love impressionist art? Then put down the croissant and get your derriere to the Marmottan Monet!

This building houses over three hundred impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, one hundred of which are by Claude Monet himself. Now filled with beautiful paintings of sunsets and flowers, the house was originally a hunting lodge. I imagine it filled with guns and taxidermy animals, a true man cave. We’ll take portraits of ladies in pretty dresses, thankyouverymuch.

In 1985, Musee Marmottan Monet experienced quite an art theft. Five masked gunmen burst into the museum and held the security guards and visitors up at gunpoint. They proceeded to grab nine paintings, including Monet’s Impression, Sunrise, the painting from which the impressionist movement got its name! Quel horreur! These paintings were valued at about $12 million. Luckily, the work was soon recovered when a tip led the police to the doorstep of Shuinichi Fujikuma, a Japanese gangster who had recently served time for trafficking heroin. From heroin to art, I'd say he’s moving on up in the world.

 

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Musée Marmottan Monet

Musée Marmottan Monet features over three hundred Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, including his 1872 Impression, Sunrise.

Marmottan Museum's fame is the result of a donation in 1966 by Michel Monet, Claude's second son and only heir.

History

Originally a hunting lodge for the Duke of Valmy, the house at the edge of the Bois de Boulogne was purchased by Jules Marmottan in 1882 who later left it to his son Paul Marmottan. Marmottan moved into the lodge and, with an interest in the Napoleonic era, he expanded his father's collection of paintings, furniture and bronzes. Marmottan bequeathed his home and collection to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. The Académie opened up the house and collection as the Museum Marmottan in 1934.

1985 theft

On October 27th 1985, during daylight hours, five masked gunmen with pistols threatening security and visitors entered the museum and stole nine paintings from the collection. Among them were Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant) by Claude Monet, the painting from which the Impressionism movement took its name. Aside from that also stolen were Camille Monet and Cousin on the Beach at Trouville, Portrait of Jean Monet, Portrait of Poly, Fisherman of Belle-Isle and Field of Tulips in Holland also by Monet, Bather Sitting on a Rock and Portrait of Monet by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Young Woman at the Ball by Berthe Morisot, and Portrait of Monet by Seiichi Naruse. The stolen paintings were valued at $12 million.

A tip-off led to the arrest in Japan of a yakuza gangster named Shuinichi Fujikuma who had spent time in French prison for trafficking heroin and was sentenced for five years. There he met Philippe Jamin and Youssef Khimoun who were part of an art syndicate. Fujikuma, Jamin and Khimoun planned the Marmottan theft. In Fujikuma's house, police found a catalog with all the stolen paintings from the museum circled. Also found were two paintings by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot stolen in 1984 from a museum in France. This led to the recovery of the stolen paintings in a small villa in Corsica in December 1990.

Check out the full Wikipedia article about Musée Marmottan Monet.