The seven paintings by Matisse, Gauguin, Picasso, Monet, Meyer de Haan, and Lucian Freud, stolen from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam last year.
After her son, one of the suspects in the theft, was arrested in January, Olga Dogaru claims to have buried the paintings in her village in Romania. Later she says she dug them up and ultimately burned them in her stove in February of this year.
Investigators, not taking Dogaru at her word, are performing forensic analysis on the ashes taken from her house.
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Harpy with bull’s head…
Two seated male figures…
Blind minotaur being led…
Minotaur lying over a female centaur
On display at the British Museum beginning on May 3rd is Picasso’s Vollard Suite, a series of 100 etchings produced by Picasso between 1930 and 1937.
The Guardian has an article and a gallery of images.
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You hear about this sort of thing from time to time; here are two recent examples.
The guy in the first picture above is a businessman from England. He was in Las Vegas and dropped by a garage sale. He picked up the drawing he’s holding for $5.00, a picture of a singer and actor from the 30’s named Rudy Vallee. Turns out that the sketch was made by Andy Warhol when he was 10 or 11 years old, and represents what is thought to be the artist’s earliest known example of Pop Art.
In the second picture, the pictured man was walking through a thrift store in Columbus, Ohio, and saw a poster that caught his eye. He bought it for $14.14. He looked on the back and saw a signature in red pen: “Pablo Picasso”. As it turned out, he had purchased what looks like an artists’ proof, a linocut, #6/100, advertising an exhibit of Picasso’s ceramic work in 1958.
A 3D exploration of Picasso’s “Guernica”.