The Art of the Steal traces the history of the Barnes collection of Post-impressionist paintings. The collection was truly priceless: 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos and many other valuable works. Owner, Dr. Albert Barnes, collected the pieces before the movement swept the West and put together a collection that rivaled collections all over the world. Sadly after his death, the billions of dollars worth of art slowly fell prey to political wranglings and sketchy judicial calls.
It really is an interesting documentary that I highly recommend. Art connoisseur or not, you’ll be riveted by the story, the art, and the players that fought for it.
Check out the trailer above. If you like it, it’s available on Netflix.