A valuable painting by noted Filipino portraitist and landscape painter Fernando Amorsolo is missing from an Atherton home on Jennings Lane, according to a Feb. 18 report from the Atherton Police Department. The painting is valued at more than $100,000, and was believed stolen sometime in May or June of 2012, police said.
Lt. Joe Wade said in an email that the painting depicts women planting in a rice paddy and their reflections coming off the water, with a water buffalo and a farmhouse in the background. The painting's name, date, and whether it is an original are all still unknown, police said.
A web search turns up a 1949 oil-on-canvas called "Rice Planting" that includes women planting rice, reflections, a water buffalo, and a farmhouse.
That painting appears to have sold for $48,338 at an auction at Christie's in Hong Kong in November 2011.
A Wikipedia entry calls Mr. Amorsolo, who died in 1972, "one of the most important artists in the history of painting in the Philippines." He was particularly good at painting light, the entry says.
The police report is silent as to suspects, leads and possible methods by which the painting might have been stolen. Police are waiting for more information from the victim, Lt. Wade said.