Nolde's painting was stolen, but...
1. Emil Nolde was a German-Danish painter and printmaker. He was one of the first great Expressionists.
2. He is considered one of the greatest watercolorists of the XX century. Nolde was known for his expressive color solutions. But he created a lot of oil paintings too.
3. He was a supporter of the National Socialist German Workers' Party from the early 1920s, having become a member of its Danish section. But his paintings were found to be as "degenerate art". A lot of 1,052 of his works were removed from german's museums. Some were presented in the Degenerate Art exhibition of 1937.
4. He was forbidden to paint. Nolde painted artworks via watercolor and hides them in his own garden. After WWII is ended, the artist called these artworks - a series of "Unwritten pictures".
5. He died at his home in Neukirchen at the age of 89 years.
6. Stolen artwork has the title "Christ at Emmaus". This painting was created in 1904 by order of the local Church. It has price 340.57 krone (but today this cost is estimated at about1.8 million usd).
7. The painting was located in the church. It was open for visitors and was not secured even at night. There was no video surveillance in the building. There's no sign of breaking entry at the crime scene. The employee of this Church said that he and his colleagues "never considered the temple as an Art Museum."
8. In September 2016 the stealer demanded about $160,000 for the Nolde's painting. The Nolde Foundation in Germany refused to pay the ransom.
9. The alleged criminal used encrypted software to communicate with the foundation. It made difficult to capture him.
10. But the police caught the criminal: First, investigators found an accomplice. Next, the accomplice agreed to help the police. The painting will be returned to the Danish church in Olstrup, Denmark.