On Sept. 8, 2011, Madeleine Leaning on Her Elbow with Flowers in Her Hair by Pierre Auguste Renoir was stolen during an armed robbery from a home in Houston, Texas. An intruder broke into the home wearing a mask and welding a large-caliber semi-automatic handgun. The Renoir painting was taken from the home’s staircase with the frame intact.
Police describe the thief as a white male, between 18 and 26 years of age and weighing around 160 lbs, and less than six feet tall.
A private insurer is offering up to $50,000 for information leading to the recovery of the painting.