Skip to comments.Trove of Picassos Surfaces, and So Do Questions
Posted on 11/30/2010 1:08:08 PM PST by Ron C.
PARIS Pablo Picasso gave them as a gift.
So said Danielle Le Guennec, 68, explaining how she and her husband came to possess a box full of 271 previously unknown sketches, paintings and collages by one of the 20th centurys most celebrated artists.
It was very straightforward, she said in a telephone interview on Monday, after the French newspaper Libération reported the find. Her husband, Pierre Le Guennec, 71, had worked as an electrician in three of Picassos homes on the French Riviera in the early 1970s.
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And lets remember that his heirs have 700,000 "documented" works between them.
Rotten, greedy kin....
All that matters is who has the most money to pay a lawyer.
what do you think, is the electrician telling the truth?
The story sounds reasonable to me.
He worked in three of the homes, if he had been stealing, surely he wouldn’t have worked at 3 different homes and nothing was ever mentioned of missing works.
I buy his story.
(I didn’t read the full story, not registered for that site)
They have held these works for 30-40 years. I am curious as to why they did not try to sell them off earlier.It is not as is they were displaying the works in their home or gallery. They were sitting in a box in their garage.I wonder if the Statute of Limitations has anything to do with it that now they are coming forward.
I wouldn’t doubt it. Pablo Picasso was known for gifting
small works of art to people he liked.
No Statute of Limitations on stolen property. Proving title is a different matter.
Seems as though the Picasso family is greedy.
These objects dilute the demand for and value of their stuff, and they don't like it one bit.
He payed for things and services with his works.
“He payed for things and services with his works.”
I’ve heard stories that rather than tip a waiter with cash, Picasso would often just do a little doodle on a cocktail napkin for the lucky server. Always signed them - that made it marketable “art.”
a box full of 271 previously unknown sketches, paintings and collagesThanks Ron C.
The greedy Picasso Foundation just wants what is NOT theirs.
I'm hope, in this case, is that public sentiment will turn toward supporting this old electrician, and against the greedy bastards within the Picasso Foundation.
I’d heard he’d pay for meals with a drawing on a napkin.
My thoughts exactly... and that work was most likely done over a long period of time. Picasso had to have stayed for a while in each of those homes, and always returned to the electrician when he moved into a newer home.
Picasso most likely gave the electrician several bit's and pieces of artwork, (hardly 'paintings') at each visit, and there were likely many more than one visit at each home.
And, most likely at the time, the electrician wasn't particularly excited about any of the rather mediocre scribbles handed to him in 'partial payment' - he just took them home to show his wife what the fruit of his labor was - basically, non-payment.
What amazes more than anything (since Picasso was not very famous at the time,) is that either the wife or the electrician decided to keep them, without much hope of them ever being worth anything - but more as a reminder of the painter, because he kept calling for more work to be done - a 'good customer' (albeit, a rather poor-paying one.)
Many years ago I got a chance to visit an art professor @ the University of Mass that whole house was minamalisitc, but sketches of folks like Picasso where all over the walls. Not my area of expertise, but this seems plasible. This was 20 something years ago and I was told the net worth of the art in the entire house was 1/4 of a million in 80’s dollars. I shutter to think what this collection is worth today. The Prof was 69 yrs old then, my guess he is no longer with us.
I do that ( drawing on napkins , I mean).
That was probably how he was paid.
Likely because they didn't think they were worth anything - particularly 30 years ago! Then even after the name Picasso became more or less 'famous' - to them, they likely still thought that most of that stuff wasn't particularly exciting. (Certainly what I've seen of it, I wouldn't pay more than five bucks for any of it, if I didn't know who had created it.)
I think only recently, with the medical expenses they have faced, that they began to look at what they had to sell, and ran across that box - and thought then, 'Hey, maybe we might be able to get a bit of money from some of this.' Hence, the electrician taking some of it out and seeking information about its value.
I think the world should be contacting that greedy Foundation, telling them to, "KEEP YOUR GREEDY PAWS OFF THE ELECTRICIANS INCOME - HE EARNED IT!"
I say, to hell with that greedy Foundation - they have no proof whatsoever that he stole a single one of the items that he has kept for decades.
Seems that it is a 'Foundation' - rather than any member of his family. BUT, hey - I don't know... perhaps some member of this extended family gets part of any sale.
And... YES - this whole thing is motivated by GREED - that of the 'elite' within the art-world. I just hope the common man beats the snot out of them in this case.
Exactly! I remember VERY WELL, 8 or 9 years ago a little company in Florida began making TOP QUALITY diamonds - so that they would be cheaper for everyone. I too remember well thinking - THIS won't last long... and it did not.
It didn't take DeBeers more than about three months to buy that invention, pay off the inventor and his companions in business and bury the whole thing.
The documentation of that fact may make this old electrician a wealthy man. It is just too bad that he may well die before that takes place.
In my view, NONE of that man's work is 'worthy' of anything but ridicule. Likewise, anyone that tries to justify its worth is just as ridiculous - but there are a huge number of ridiculous people on this earth.
Don’t mess with my fellow electrician’s! It might be a shocking experience!
Harold’s Electric Co.
LOL - yup, LOTS of kids do better work than Picasso ever did!
So much for 'great artistry.'
Yep... some ‘pay’ - but, I’ve been ‘paid’ in the same fashion, and I think I only ‘framed’ one such ‘payment’ - and it too was done on a napkin. Trouble is, few in the public would know the artist, or care to know about him.
LOL - yeppers... could be a sparkin’ smokin’ mess!
And maybe he only started signing to the giftees at a later point in life. Pretty incredible if this was done legitimately. I don’t think I could have kept my mouth shut for such a long time.
Priceless! Wait, is that the same as worthless?
Hey, that thing looks like a cartoon insulting to the Prophet!
Don’t knock garage sales. A lot of good art has been found at them.
My late uncle was an internationally known art collector and critic, owning several very early and good Blue Period Picassos, plus a bronze-bust head number 6 of 9 of his mistress model. One of the 9 was exhibited at the East Gallery/National Museum of Art in DC about 6 years ago. I compared the exhibit bust with a picture I had of my uncle’s. Kissing cousins!
He also found a Rembrandt print in a “poster” store, and a Jackson-Pollock painting being used to prop open a door at an outdoor theater. Being a friend of Pollock and his wife, he had the painting restored and gave it to Pollock’s widow for only the price of restoration. I guess today it might be worth $100,000 or more, but my uncle was an honorable man and his friendship with the Pollocks was worth much more than selling this painting for a profit.
If only it paid as well as when Picasso did it!