Stolen Paintings Back on Display in Manchester

Three paintings stolen from the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, during the night of Saturday 26 April and recovered the following night will be back on display from Monday 19 May. Alistair Smith, Gallery Director comments: ‘As a public art gallery we are committed to ensuring that our wonderful collection of art and design is on display for as many people as possible to view and enjoy. I am therefore delighted that these precious works have been recovered in good condition and have been remounted and reframed for public exhibition’. Two of the paintings, Picasso’s Poverty and Gauguin’s Tahitian Landscape were not damaged during the theft. However, Fortifications of Paris with Houses, by Van Gogh, suffered a tear of about 15cm in length which has been repaired by Nicola Walker, the Gallery’s Paper Conservator. It is now almost invisible and no distraction from the power of the works. All three paintings were donated to the Whitworth Art Gallery around 1930, and are just three of thousands of gifts which make up a major part of the Gallery’s extensive collection of art and design. The collection includes work by artists as diverse as Rembrandt, Turner, L.S. Lowry, David Hockney and Damien Hirst.

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