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Camille Pissarro was born on July 10, 1830 in Charlotte Amalie, Danish West Indies and died on November 12, 1903 in Paris. He was one of the most important and productive representatives of Impressionism.
Camille Pissarro's painting “The banks of the Seine at Bougival” from 1871 has the dimensions 27 x 40 cm. It comes from the collection of the art dealer Robert Noortman, who died in 2007.
After Pissarro moved to Paris in 1855, he became a student of Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. In 1959 his painting “Landscape at Montmorency” was recorded in the Paris Salon. However, no further attention was paid. That same year, Pissarro met the painters Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne.
In 1869 and 1870, Pissarro often painted the same motif with Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and then compared it.
In February 1987, thieves from the Maastricht gallery of the art dealer Robert Noortman stole a total of nine paintings from the 17th to 19th centuries, including Jan Brueghel's “Monkeys”, Pissarro's “The banks of the Seine at Bougival” from 1871 and Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "La Clairière". The paintings were insured and there was no trace of the perpetrators, so Noortman received the insurance sum over five million guilders from Lyods. English insurance company Lyods and Robert Noortman contacted Dutch private investigator Ben Zuidema, who specializes in art theft. But Zuidema also finds no trace that leads to the stolen paintings from 1987.
In November 2008, a certain Kahn contacted the private investigator Zuidema. Kahn claims that he had a client in 1987 who was commissioned by Noortman to burn the stolen paintings. However, his client only burned one of the new paintings. With the help of Zuidema, Kahn now wants to blackmail the family of the late Robert Noortman and demand a ransom of five million euros. Zuidema plays the ally and arranges a meeting with Kahn, but contacts the police.
When the paintings are handed over at the Grand Hotel Voncken in Valkenburg, the Netherlands, a police special command intervenes and arrests three suspects. All paintings can be saved except the allegedly burned painting by Meundet Hobbema “The Watermill”.