About the film
About the painting
This painting is seen in the Shanghai section of the film. It’s where Severine uses a stolen painting as bait in an assassination plot, and the prospective purchaser of the picture is shot.
This painting was really stolen from a gallery in real life from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, on May 19 2010. Speculation is that it really did end up in China, too.
This painting is not only a nod to this real life fact, but it is also a reference to a similar ‘inside joke’ in the first James Bond film Dr. No (1962). In Dr. No, we can see Francisco Goya’s Portrait of The Duke of Wellington, which was stolen in 1961 from the National Gallery in London. The painting was retrieved and has been on display in the National Gallery ever since.