Do you see the two pictures here? One was by Monet and represents the Waterloo Bridge in London, it’s a pastel and it was part of a series which Monet dedicated to this bridge during his stays in London. There would be many interesting details to tell about the experience of Monet in London and why he sketched also pastels, besides the oil paintings, but this is another story. The other picture represent a “Harlequin’s Head” by Pablo Picasso. No-one will ever see them in reality anymore. They are gone, forever. They were burnt together with other art masterpieces which had been stolen on the 16th October 2012 from the Kunstahal in Rotterdam, Holland.
The responsible for this act of pure idiocy is the mother of ringleader of the thieves, a Rumanian woman called Olga Dogaru who wanted “to protect” her poor son, her gentle child, Radu, who had not been able to sell to little scrupulous private collectors his loot.
So he was arrested for the suspicions hanging over his head and his loving mother tried first to hide the stolen paintings in a cemetery of the small Rumanian village of the improbable name of Caracliu or Carcaliu (reality is so often more absurd that imagination), then, when she realized that the Police was inspecting accurately the area, decided to put all the paintings together with old paper and old shoes into a large stove at her home and burnt all merrily.
“What a good mum I am” she probably thought, relieved to have a chance to defend her boy ”I make all that rubbish disappear, so nobody will have any proof against my son”.
What makes stupidity really insufferable is that it is forever in action - idiocy knows no rest