New York Times. May 8, 1994. p8(N),
p6(L), col 3.
'Scream' Is Found Undamaged in Norway
OSLO, May 7 (AP) Norways
most famous painting, "The Scream" by Edvard Munch, was recovered
today, almost three months after it was stolen from an Oslo museum.
Police said the painting, which is on fragile paper, was recovered undamaged in a hotel in Asgardstrand, about 40 miles south of Oslo. Three Norwegians were arrested.
The recovery and arrests apparently were made in connection with an attempt to sell or ransom the painting, the Norwegian new agency N.T.B. said.
The 1893 painting of a waiflike figure on a bridge was stolen from the National Art Museum in a break-in on Feb. 12, the opening day of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
Over the past 10 days, the police found four pieces of the paintings frame in Nittedal, a suburb north of Oslo, and what may have been cryptic messages that the thieves wanted to discuss a ransom.
A few days after the theft, an anti-abortion group said it could have the painting returned if Norwegian television showed an anti-abortion film. The police dismissed their claim.
On March 3, the Government received a $1 million ransom demand but refused to pursue it because no proof was offered that those making the demand had the painting.