August 18, 2008 / 6:17 PM / 11 years ago

Brazil police recover stolen Picasso print

Brazilian police display the recovered Pablo Picasso print, "Minotaur, Drinker and Women", in Sao Paulo August 18, 2008. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian police have recovered a Pablo Picasso print that was stolen with three other valuable artworks from Sao Paulo’s Pinacoteca Museum in broad daylight in June.

The print, “Minotaur, Drinker and Women,” was found on Friday night at an undisclosed location in the west of Sao Paulo, a spokesman for the city’s Public Security Secretariat said on Monday, without providing further details.

The 1933 print by the late Spanish artist was stolen on June 12 by three armed robbers, who calmly strolled into the Pinacoteca Museum in downtown Sao Paulo and held security guards at gunpoint while they completed the heist.

They also made off with another Picasso print, “The Painter and the Model,” from 1963, and two famous works by Lasar Segall and Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, both prominent Brazilian artists in the 20th century.

The police already recovered those pieces and arrested two suspects.

The robbery marked the second time in less than a year that works by Picasso were stolen from museums in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city.

In December, his “Portrait of Suzanne Bloch” was snatched from the Sao Paulo Museum of Art along with “The Coffee Worker” by Candido Portinari, another revered Brazilian painter.

Police recovered the paintings and arrested two suspects a few weeks later.

Reporting by Fernanda Ezabella, Writing by Todd Benson; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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