Why is this painting (now) famous?

Архип Куинджи (Arkhip Kuindzhi)’s Ai-Petri. Crimea, painted between 1898 and 1908





on Sunday, 27 January 2019

from the State Russian Museum, Tretyakov Gallery,  Moscow

in full view of dozens of gallery visitors and staff.

It was retrieved less than 24 hrs later hidden at a building site.

A tall, blond male in his late twenties, approached the picture, brazenly removed it from the wall and left.  He was mistaken for a Gallery worker and it took several minutes for staff to realise that the painting had been stolen, leaving an empty space , hooks and the title plate.

Kuindzhi (1842 – 1910) is regarded as one of the best Russian landscape painters of the second half of the 19th century, widely admired for his depiction of light and mood.  Sometimes referred to as the ‘Russian J. M. W. Turner’.


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