The French judiciary returned a rare painting by the impressionist painter Paul Signac to the museum in the city of Nancy in eastern France after it was stolen from it in May 2018 and it was found about a year later in Ukraine.
The Prosecutor General of the Republic in the city, Francois Piran, said that the investigation enabled the identification of four Ukrainians who were suspected of stealing four paintings from France.
A rare plate
The repetitive Friday painting is titled “Port of La Rochelle” and shows ships at the entrance to the port of La Rochelle in France. Its value is estimated at 1.5 million euros (about 1.8 million dollars).
Experts have confirmed the original character of this 1915 oil painting signed by the teacher of pointing current after it was found by the Ukrainian police in Kiev.
The French judiciary imposed a reservation on the painting since its return to French territory. It will regain its place in the Fine Arts of Nancy after its restoration.
Ukrainian police recovered the painting from the home of a man also suspected of involvement in the murder, according to Ukrainian police chief Sergey Kazyanev.
A man described as the head of the gang was arrested in Austria after another theft, and he is imprisoned in France, while the others are still in hiding and the search for them continues.
During the robbery, the 55 cm long and 46 cm wide plate was cut to separate from the frame left in place by the thief, who was described as a professional at cutting.
The other three paintings were stolen in France, which are the painters Pierre Auguste Renoir, Eugene Boudin, and Eugene Gallien-Lallo, were stolen during exhibitions held in preparation for public auctions, and thieves were placing the paintings in bags, according to the public prosecutor of the republic in Nancy.