10 February 2008
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND -- Four paintings were stolen Sunday from the E.G. Bührle Foundation's collection in Zurich including Van Gogh's Blossoming Chestnut Branches. Shortly before the museum's closing three masked men entered the museum and subdued the staff at gunpoint. In addition to the Van Gogh, three other paintings were stolen: Claude Monet's Poppy field at Vetheuil, Edgar Degas' Ludovic Lepic and his Daughter, and Paul Cézanne's Boy in the Red Waistcoat.
The art works, with an estimated value of over $160 million, were then loaded into a white van. Zurich police have called for witnesses to come forward and a reward of $90,000 has been offered for information leading to the recovery of the works.