SQ art squad seizes stolen Riopelle paintings
Eskimo Mark, by Jean-Paul Riopelle, was painted in 1955. It was stolen in 1999 and recovered in Jan. 2017.
Provincial police have found artwork that was stolen nearly 20 years ago.
Acting on a tip, the Sureté du Quebec's art squad raided a Montreal home on Monday, January 23, and seized three paintings by Jean-Paul Riopelle
The pieces of art, worth about $150,000, were stolen in 1999.
Riopelle painted the works in 1955 and 1956.
Two of the paintings have no title, but the third is called "Eskimo Mark."
Police have yet to arrest anyone in connection with the stolen paintings.
The specialized art squad often targets counterfeiters, some of whom have produced replicas so good they were being sold in galleries.
Six years ago the squad located two bronze sculptures that Riopelle made in 1963, and were stolen from in front of his former workshop in Esterel.