February 19 - April 17, 2000
|About the Stoddards|
|The Stolen Pissarro|
Camille Pissarro's Bassins Duquesne et Berrigny à Dieppe, Temps Gris had been stolen from the Stoddard home in 1978 along with nine other works, including two paintings by Renoir. The FBI seized the Pissarro oil painting in October 1998 from Wolf's Auction Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio, where it had been consigned for sale. The seizure induced an intense media focus on this French Impressionist painting that had been missing for two decades.
A Cleveland court decision on April 8, 1999 resulted in the painting being delivered to the Museum for its permanent collection. The painting was found to be in excellent condition. In preparation for the exhibition, the Museum's Conservation Department has removed the painting's discolored varnish and overseen the restoration of its frame.