"Jesus at Marthe et Marie": Stolen from a church 46 years ago, the famous painting by Chassériau has just been found

“After many adventures, today in Wiesbaden (Germany) I recovered this magnificent painting and I am bringing it back to France. Thank you to everyone who worked on this recovery and to the very honest owner of the painting who gave it back to us for free ... I'll tell you the whole story soon 😉 the painting must first be lightly restored before we can show it publicly. "

Theodore Chassériau is none other than the youngest painter to have been exhibited at the Louvre. A work by this romantic French painter has been at the center of an incredible story for 46 years. “Jesus at Marthe et Marie”, a painting stolen in 1973 from the church of Marcoussis, has just been found in Germany, and brought back to France by the mayor of the village, Olivier Thomas.

On May 26, 1973, in the church of Marcoussis, a thief stole from us a famous painting by Théodore Chassériau ...

Placed by Oliver Thomas op Maandag 8 juli 2019

The work was classified as a national monument in 1950. But, on May 26, 1973, it was stolen from the Sainte-Marie-Madeleine church in Marcoussis. The current mayor of the town, Olivier Thomas, has always wanted to find her. It is therefore with undisguised pride that he tells Parisian this incredible adventure.

“Since I was elected, I wanted to find this painting, continues Olivier Thomas. I have childhood memories of it, during my communion, and 5-6 years ago I had met the national museums to relaunch research, in vain. "

But in May 2019, a restaurateur found this painting on an auction site.

“We were 200% sure it was the stolen painting. The director general of services contacted the Ministry of the Interior. "

The Ministry of Culture gets involved, followed by its German counterparts and Interpol, which contacts the local police station in Wiesbaden. The work is finally recovered by the police, a few days before the sale. The owner of the painting was far from imagining that everyone was looking for him.

“It is about a certain Mr. Schneider, aged 80, in total good faith and who fell from the clouds when he discovered that this painting was stolen. In fact, it was his father who bought it in 1974 at the Flea Market in Paris, on the honeymoon of his second marriage. When he died, Mr. Schneider inherited it, but since his wife did not like it, the painting ended up in the attic. "

The owner returned the work without asking for anything. It is the mayor himself who went across the Rhine to recover the much hoped for painting.

“After many adventures, today in Wiesbaden (Germany) I recovered this magnificent painting and I am bringing it back to France. Thank you to everyone who worked on this recovery and to the very honest owner of the painting who gave it back to us for free ... I'll tell you the whole story soon 😉 the painting must first be lightly restored before we can show it publicly. "

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