Stolen US$1 million painting by French master Edgar Degas found on a bus near Paris

The artwork was taken eight years ago in Marseille. Police were making random checks on a highway when they found it

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 February, 2018, 2:05pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 February, 2018, 6:56pm

French customs police have found a painting by 19th century master Edgar Degas that was stolen nine years ago from a museum in Marseille in the luggage compartment of a bus near Paris, the government said on Friday.

Degas’ 1877 painting Les Choristes, or The Chorus Singers, is done in pastels and depicts a line of men singing in the opera Don Juan. It’s valued at about US$1 million.

The police were making random checks on a bus at a highway rest area about 30km (19 miles) east of Paris on February 16 when they found it and the Orsay museum confirmed its authenticity, the culture and budget ministers said in a statement.

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The statement gave no information about why the painting was on the bus or who left it there.

The French artist is most famous for his paintings and sculptures of dancers and is often associated with the Impressionist movement.