People often ask if any artworks from Krannert Art Museum have ever been stolen. Well, the answer is yes!
About 50 years ago, someone broke into the museum in the middle of the night and stole 6 artworks. The theft even made headlines! Take a look at this copy of a 1967 newspaper that says “Six Masterpieces Stolen At Krannert Art Museum.”
Why would someone steal artwork from a museum?
What do you think they would do with those artworks?
Luckily, all six paintings were returned to the museum. We never learned who stole them, but we do have one of the stolen artworks on display right now in this gallery!
Looking around, which artwork do you think it might be?
Why do you think that?
Cernay la Ville – French Farm
Winslow Homer, 1867
Oil on panel
View it online: Cernay la Ville—French Farm
Art Mystery Game
Reason: It is easier to secretly carry around two-dimensional art rather than three-dimensional art.
Reason: Many of the paintings with people in them are portraits. People usually only want to have portraits of people that they know or who are part of their family. Why would someone want a picture of someone they do not even know!
Reason: It is difficult to secretly carry around large paintings.