‘Le Pigeon aux Petits Pois’ by Pablo Picasso – Lost Artwork

Painted in 1911, Pablo Picasso’s Le Pigeon aux Petits Pois (The Pigeon with Green Peas) became the target for a large art robbery in May of 2010. Swiped alongside four other masterpieces, Picasso’s painting was stolen from the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. All five works have an estimated value of €100 million. What was unusual about this theft was that it was carried out by one person instead of a gang of thieves, and all that was found at the crime scene was a broken padlock and a single smashed window. The paintings themselves were also removed from their frames rather than being cut. In 2011, a man who stated that he had thrown the painting into a rubbish container following the theft was convicted of the robbery. However, the credibility of this story is doubtful, and the painting is still lost.

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