07/26/2012 05:47 EDT | Updated 09/25/2012 05:12 EDT

Police recover 8 stolen paintings, worth $800K

Police have recovered eight stolen paintings by Montreal artist Guido Molinari.

Last week, thieves stole the pieces from Molinari's former workshop in Saint Donat, about 150km north of Montreal.

Police said the suspected thief is a man in his 40s, from Saint-Sauveur, about an hour's drive south of the workshop.

He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 17 on charges of possession of stolen goods.

The artist's son, Guy Molinari, will examine the state of the eight works, the value of which is estimated at $800,000.

The abstract artist died in 2004. He is well known for his use of contrasting colours and geometry in paintings.