La famosa galería de arte ha sufrido el pasado 28 de abril un robo en el ala de pintura simbolista. Ha desaparecido una obra del pintor Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl un referente de la figura humana, por sus estudios y pinturas.
La pintura en cuestión es Die Seelen am Acheron o tambien conocida como The Sea of Acheron.
Como bien dice uno de sus críticos:
The image is a classically composed portrait of Hermes, the messenger of the Greek Gods, able to move between the realm of the Gods and Mortals on earth. The image depicts lost souls in the Underworld begging Hermes to take them back to the mortal realm, it is the children and the old man on the right that are resigned to their fate.The dark hues and shades of blacks, blues and purples gives of an atmosphere of death and despair with gloomy undertones.
Although the painting was made in the height of the Avant – Garde movement, where peers such as Gustav Klimt took the world by storm, Hiremy – Hirschl 1898 painting takes on elements from classical paintings. There is an emphasis on the style of tenebrism upon Hermes. This harks back to the seventeenth century, the baroque era, with artists such as Caravaggio, Jusepe de Ribera and Adam de Coster, who were on the art scene at that time.
Whilst most of the image is cold, hard and cutting, there are spots of colour. Towards the center of the image there are two desperate souls shrouded in colour, a ghostly baby blue and a faded yellow with flowers crowning their heads. This could suggest that they are new souls to the Greek Underworld, begging the Messenger God to bring them back to earth.
Through Greek mythology it is Charon the Ferryman that takes souls of the recently deceased across the river Styx. However in Hiremy – Hirschl’s painting he uses the name of the river Acheron, one of the five rivers of the Underworld. In the poems by Homer, Acheron is also known as the “River of Hades”and means “River of Sorrow/Woe”. Not only is the river in Greek mythology, but there is a real river located in the North-west of Greece. This brings on a heavier meaning to the painting as the anguish of the souls not only reverberates through the title, but also into the mortal realm of the living.
Desde su primera exposición el 21 de julio de 2013 no se había registrado ningún percance en el Museo. El director del mismo ha comentado: “Este robo de una pintura que tiene un valor incalculable, no quedara sin castigo, la policía,interpol y demás organismos de seguridad están siguiendo todas las pistas que encuentran para dar con el ladrón y llevarlo ante la justicia.”