Public Invited for Preview of Recovered Stolen Artwork

WORCESTER, MASS., April 15, 1999 - The public is invited to the Worcester Art Museum on the weekend of April 17 and 18, 1999 for a rare view of Camille Pissarro's Bassins Duquesne et Berrigny a Dieppe, Temps Gris.

Stolen from Robert and Helen Stoddard's Worcester, Mass., home in 1978, this painting was lost for two decades before the FBI recovered it last October. In keeping with Mrs. Stoddard's wishes, the painting now resides at the Worcester Art Museum with several other distinguished works the Museum has purchased with proceeds from the Stoddard Acquisition Fund.

Prior to undergoing conservation treatment for an exhibition scheduled for February 2000, the recovered Pissarro painting will be on view at the Museum on:

Saturday, April 17, 1999 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 18, 1999 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission to the Museum for members is free. For non-members, admission is $8 adults; $6 seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; and FREE for everyone Saturday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. sponsored by the TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company.

Museum Background

Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.