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Two Stolen Paintings, Including a Van Gogh, Recovered in Zurich

19 February 2008

Click here to see 'Blossoming Chestnut Branches' ZURICH, SWITZERLAND -- Two of the four paintings stolen from the E.G. Bührle Foundation's collection in Zurich have been recovered Swiss police have reported. The two paintings were discovered in an abandoned white van in the parking lot of a nearby psychiatric institute. In addition to Van Gogh's Blossoming Chestnut Branches, Claude Monet's Poppy field at Vetheuil was also returned unharmed to the Bührle collection. "The severe wound which was inflicted on our house on February 10 has been closed somewhat," said Lukas Gloor, curator of the Bührle Foundation.

The whereabouts of the two remaining stolen works, by Cézanne and Degas, remains unknown.

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