• Short Summary

    FIVE VALUABLE FRENCH PAINTINGS, STOLEN FROM THE CARACAS MUSEUM OF ART, HAVE BEEN RECOVERED AFTER SEVERAL GUN FIGHTS BETWEEN VENEZUELAN POLICE AND STUDENTS.

  • Description

    FIVE VALUABLE FRENCH PAINTINGS, STOLEN FROM THE CARACAS MUSEUM OF ART, HAVE BEEN RECOVERED AFTER SEVERAL GUN FIGHTS BETWEEN VENEZUELAN POLICE AND STUDENTS.

    THE IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS HAD BEEN ON SHOW IN CARACAS AS PART OF A FRENCH ART EXHIBITION CURRENTLY TOURING SOUTH AMERICA. WHILE 400 COLLEGE STUDENTS WERE VISITING THE EXHIBITION - "100 YEARS OF FRENCH PAINTING" - A DOZEN ARMED RAIDERS OVERPOWERED THE MUSEUM GUARDS AND SEIZED FIVE PAINTINGS VALUED AT GBP180,000.THEY TOLD THE STUDENTS THAT THE RAID WAS MADE "SO THAT FRANCE SHOULD KNOW THAT THE COMMUNIST PARTY IS AT WAR WITH THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT". A STUDENT WHO TRIED TO STOP THE RAIDERS WAS SHOT AND WOUNDED.

    AFTER A SEARCH OF CARACAS UNIVERSITY WHICH BROUGHT LEFT-WING STUDENTS OUT IN PROTEST AND LED TO SOME SHOOTING, POLICE SUCCEEDED LAST SATURDAY IN RECOVERING THE PAINTINGS. THEY WERE TAKEN FROM A CAR SEIZED AFTER A GUN BATTLE WITH THE DRIVER AND TWO PASSENGERS. TWO MEN - DESCRIBED AS STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY - WERE ARRESTED, WHILE THE THIRD PERSON ESCAPED. INFORMATION LEADING TO THE RECOVERY IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY A VENEZUELAN LEFT-WING LABOUR LEADER WHO WAS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE AFFAIR.

    FIRST REPORTS AFTER THE RECOVERY SAID THREE OF THE PAINTINGS HAD BEEN "SCRATCHED SLIGHTLY". THEY ARE VAN GOGH'S "LILIES IN A COPPER VASE", CEZANNE'S "BATHERS", AND A STILL LIFE BY PICASSO. TWO OTHER STILL LIFE WORKS, BY BRAQUE AND GAUGUIN, WERE SAID TO BE INTACT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACV94MTTU96JZOLH1F0ALGEZYK
    Media URN:
    VLVACV94MTTU96JZOLH1F0ALGEZYK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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