Artwork stolen from Leicester’s New Walk Museum - Museums Association

Artwork stolen from Leicester’s New Walk Museum

Print is part of important German expressionist collection
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Police in the East Midlands are on the hunt for a thief who stole a German expressionist artwork from the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in Leicester.

“A small print, entitled Self-portrait 1920, by Kathe Kollwitz, was taken from New Walk Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 29 May,” said a statement from Leicester City Council.

“The city council owns the artwork, which is valued at around £3,500. The police have CCTV footage and are investigating.”

Leicester has an internationally acclaimed collection of early 20th-century German art, which the museum service started in the 1930s.

Artists represented include Max Beckmann, Martin Bloch, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky.

Kollwitz (1867-1945), who spent most of her life in Berlin, initially trained as a painter but is mainly known for printmaking and was also a sculptor.

The theft of the work came to light after a source tipped off the Leicester Mercury newspaper.

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