PH files suit to recover Monet painting

Rappler.com

The Philippines will file a civil suit in the US to recover a Monet painting that vanished after the 1986 revolution which forced former first lady Imelda Marcos into exile. The painting, one of more than 150 missing masterpieces the Philippines authorities are trying to recover, was sold by a one-time secretary of Marcos Vilma Bautista. The 75 year old woman was convicted by a US court in November of trying to sell part of the Marcos family’s hoard of artworks. The painting, one of the famous impressionist’s water lily series, had been taken along with 3 other works in late 1995 from the walls of a New York townhouse owned by the Philippine government. “There are over 150 missing paintings. We don’t know where they are located, paintings of all the masters: Rembrandts, Van Goghs, Picassos. We have a list… (but) we think there are paintings that are not on list,” he said.

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