Friday 15 December 2017

One of Lane's paintings 'missing' for 20 years

Barbara Dawson with the 'missing' Daumier at the Hugh Lane Gallery.
Barbara Dawson with the 'missing' Daumier at the Hugh Lane Gallery.

Last year one of the original Lane paintings was returned to the walls of the gallery in Mountjoy Square after being missing for more than 20 years.

In The Omnibus by the French artist Honore Daumier was stolen one afternoon in June 1992 when the gallery was open to the public.

Dr Barbara Dawson, who had been appointed director of the Hugh Lane the year before, said "It was shocking for me at the time. It was literally pulled off the wall. It was a very particular theft, and interesting that it was that painting that someone went for.

"We weren't sure if it was a 'magpie' that liked to have things to look at themselves or was it stolen to order."

Daumier was a satirist, caricaturist and renowned for his social commentary on life in France in the 1800s. His works criticised the social, legal and political systems in France under King Louis Philippe.

Irish Independent

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