Just before the Cantini museum in Marseilles, France opened yesterday, the staff reported a painting done by 19th Century impressionist Degas missing! The painting called Les Choristes or Les Figurants was 32 by 27 cm, painted in 1877 and estimated to have a worth of 800.000 euros ($1,200,000)
Les Choristes was one among twenty works of Degas featured at the Cantini museum for an exposition “De la scène au tableau” and had been borrowed from Paris’ Musée d’Orsay.
The thief or thieves sneakily unscrewed the painting from its’ base having known where weaknesses were in the security. Though prosecutor Jacques Dallest says that this theft was not done by a professional due to the seeming lack of organization.
The museum is closed for the time being while security tapes are investigated. As the exhibition ends January 3, we fear that French citizens who have not seen it already will not have the opportunity before it goes to Italy and Canada.