Munch picture stolen in southern Sweden

Police in southern Sweden are on the lookout for a picture by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch that was stolen Tuesday night.

The graphic print was taken from the Sextorps estate outside of Hörby in Skåne.

With the help of Oslo’s Munch Museum, police identified the stolen piece as a woodcut entitled “Towards the Forest II”, from 1915.

Police issued the alarm and gave a description of the piece and are hoping police and customs will keep an eye out for the painting.

“It is white with a black person against a green flaming background,” said Håkan Nilsson, police spokesman in Lund. “The picture is signed by Edvard Munch.”

The picture is estimated to be valued at nearly 1 million kronor, said TT. No other items are thought to have been stolen.

The manor is used as a summer home and was empty when one or more thieves went in through the front door. The alarm went off just after 11:30 pm.

Police arrived at the house shortly after and inspected several cars in the area with no success. Police are continuing their investigation today.


Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.