According to preliminary information, the painting “Forest. The trees were brought to Belarus to show a potential buyer from Europe, but the parties did not agree on the price and the deal did not take place. Prior to that, she has repeatedly exhibited at illegal online auctions. The day after the arrest, the canvas was supposed to arrive in Moscow for sale there to a citizen of one of the EU countries.
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Together with Shishkin's Les, criminals kidnapped two more canvases: “View of the Nerl. Fisherman "Konstantin Korovin (1913) and the work of Stanislav Zhukovsky" First snow. Old pond. According to press reports, at the time of the theft, the value of all three canvases was close to $ 3.3 million. However, if the customer was behind the incident, then no one would have seen the paintings. Consequently, one can hope that the paintings of Korovin and Zhukovsky can also “surface” on the black market.Stanislav Zhukovsky. "First snow. Old Pond. ”After the removal of the criminals, the painting was transferred to the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, whose specialists had previously recognized its authenticity. The security forces continue to search for the thieves of the paintings, and Shishkin’s canvas after all the relevant events will be handed over to the Russian side.
The problem of the protection of museum premises is one of the painful problems in the former Soviet Union, and the museum in Vyazniki is not robbed for the first time: in Soviet times, 35 years ago, eight paintings were stolen from here. Vsevolozhsky's works “Cherry”, “Sea by the Island of Capri” Meshkov, “Thaw” by Kalmykov, two canvases by Dubovsky, “Sunset” by Pimonenko, portrait work by Kulikov and the most expensive disappearance - the painting “Black Sea” by Ayvazovsky. Despite the fact that the kidnapper was detained, the paintings were not found, and the thief stated that he had destroyed the canvases. It is noteworthy that the news of the finding of the picture was announced on the birthday of Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin - on January 25. Recall that this year marks the 185th anniversary of the birth of this great Russian artist. Title illustration: Ivan Shishkin, “Forest. Ate "(1897) and the artist's signature on the found canvas (collage). Source of photo and video materials: official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.