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Woman 'who bought Renoir for $7 at flea market' faces FBI investigation .... painting was stolen
The Daily Mail Online ^ | April 7, 2013 | NINA GOLGOWSK

Posted on 04/07/2013 7:12:27 AM PDT by Uncle Chip

A Virginia woman claiming to have purchased Renoir painting for $7 at a flea market has been unmasked and is now under FBI investigation after it emerged the painting was stolen in 1951.

Marcia 'Martha' Fuqua from Loudon County, Virginia, had tried to remain anonymous and said she purchased the painting simply for its frame and had no special ‘understanding of art.’

But it has now emerged that the painting 'On the Shore of The Seine' was reported stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951, according to the Washington Post.

The FBI seized the painting late last year after learning that information and it has since emerged that Fuqua's mother was a painter who specialised in reproducing the work of several artists including Renoir.....

In Fuqua's September interview she told the Post, 'It’s all very coincidental ... I am one of those people that believes that things happen for a reason.'

'I noticed the frame on this picture and I liked the frame. I bid $7 and I won the box,' she said.

Though the frame boldly shows a center plaque reading RENOIR on it, she said she never thought that it would be authentic, it having been found in a box at a flea market after all.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: baltimore; fuqua; marciafuqua; marciamarthafuqua; ontheshoreoftheseine; renoir; virginia
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1 posted on 04/07/2013 7:12:27 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

It would be curious to know where it sat from 1959 to 2013. My humble bet is that some insider to the Museum stole it, and put it for safe-keeping in the attic til they could re-sell it. The guy passes away, and it all gets parted up with relatives who never know the value.


2 posted on 04/07/2013 7:18:10 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Uncle Chip

How could the cops know about it unless she tried to sell it? If she tried to sell it to a legitimate art dealer then she couldn’t have known it was stolen. If she tried to sell in underground then it must have been an undercover cop that nabbed her.

Any other theories?


3 posted on 04/07/2013 7:19:21 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Uncle Chip
Ok. So it was stolen in 1951. How old was she at the time or if she was born, where was she? She should easily get out of this with an explanation of where she was that day. It would be hilarious if she wasn't born yet.
4 posted on 04/07/2013 7:19:38 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: Uncle Chip

5 posted on 04/07/2013 7:20:13 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Uncle Chip

Looks like she wasted her $7.


6 posted on 04/07/2013 7:24:01 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: JoeProBono

I gotta get an eye exam. The frame is clear but the painting is fuzzy.


7 posted on 04/07/2013 7:26:32 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

If I saw that at a flea market I would have pegged it as a fake.


8 posted on 04/07/2013 7:28:16 AM PDT by Eye of Unk
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To: eartrumpet

Most of the “art” that fetches millions of dollars looks just like the stuff that I put on the fridge when the kids brought it home from school.


9 posted on 04/07/2013 7:29:52 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: New Jersey Realist

I don’t know how an art authority could possibly know that it was being sold in a flea market. They don’t usually attend such low brow markets.

The only thing I can think of is that the authorities were more aware of the location of this particular painting than they were willing to admit to and just were biding their time until it saw daylight.


10 posted on 04/07/2013 7:30:22 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: shelterguy

Well,,,, Today,,,, Art can be a booger with a hair in it!


11 posted on 04/07/2013 7:35:08 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Uncle Chip

I first thought, why would anybody pay $7 for that, then I thought ... Hell why would anybody steal it.


12 posted on 04/07/2013 7:35:56 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: New Jersey Realist
Any other theories?

RENOIR 1841-1919 on the frame and someone sells it for $7???? They don't bother to check to see if the painting is a Renoir???

And the daughter of a woman who restored works of art like Renoir just happens to find it in a flea market????

It's been in the family for 60 years and the daughter knew it was stolen and came up with the $7 flea market story so she could claim it as hers and unload it for a load.

13 posted on 04/07/2013 7:40:28 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Lived a good part of my life in Baltimore.
Amazed that they had a Renoir to begin with.


14 posted on 04/07/2013 7:42:34 AM PDT by Palio di Siena
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To: eartrumpet

15 posted on 04/07/2013 7:43:07 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: napscoordinator

Read the article. Her mother was an artist and she did reproductions, especially Renoir.

Looks like she needed money and decided to chance it.


16 posted on 04/07/2013 7:44:33 AM PDT by tiki
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To: Uncle Chip
Marcia 'Martha' Fuqua from Loudon County, Virginia, had tried to remain anonymous

In Fuqua's September interview she told the Post,

You know, I'm no expert, but isn't it RULE NUMBER ONE that if you're " trying to remain anonymous", that you DON'T GIVE INTERVIEWS ?

17 posted on 04/07/2013 7:47:00 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: JoeProBono

Renoir’s paintings are really something...

I was looking at a print of a large one, one day, and suddenly a real-life image of what he was painting must have looked like snapped into my head, and I couild see it as vividly in my imagination as if I was standing there. I could see how he capture the feel of it perfectly

40 years later I still rmemeber that sudden feeling, in every Renoir I look at.

I get a slight feeling of it again from this one...


18 posted on 04/07/2013 7:50:15 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Palio di Siena
"Lived a good part of my life in Baltimore...Amazed that they had a Renoir to begin with."

There were two wealthy, Baltimore high society sisters, Claribel and Etta Cone in the early 20th Century who put together an impressive collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings which they left to the BMA and Walters Art Gallery pretty well known in art circles as, "the Cone Collection."

Not sure if this painting was part of it, but certainly wouldn't be surprised if it was.

19 posted on 04/07/2013 7:57:08 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: New Jersey Realist; Jonty30

If only there was more information than that excerpt, somewhere...


20 posted on 04/07/2013 8:02:17 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Mr. K

All right — I’ll bite — what real life image are we looking here???


21 posted on 04/07/2013 8:04:44 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: jiggyboy

I read the article and it doesn’t give a clue as to how the authorities could have known about it being in a flea market.

It’s quite common for the authorities to not release certain information lest they compromise the case, methods, or eyewitnesses.


22 posted on 04/07/2013 8:04:45 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Uncle Chip

I think it was meant to be used as a Rorschach Test.


23 posted on 04/07/2013 8:07:36 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: New Jersey Realist
Any other theories?

She did try to sell it at auction.

From Judge to Determine Fate of Renoir Stolen in 1951

After it was appraised at $75,000 to $100,000, she made arrangements to have it sold through an auction to be conducted by the Potomack Company. The auction house announced shortly before the sale that it was pulling the painting from its listings after a Washington Post reporter uncovered its history.

How she got it could have been a true story or it could have been something she just made up to cover how she really got it. That's why it's being investigated.

24 posted on 04/07/2013 8:10:34 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: Mr. K
In Renoir's, Bathers, there is a younger gal in splashing in the water in the foreground.

She looked exactly like a gal who was in my 19th Century Art class in college. When the prof put the slide up on the screen, every student in the class did a double take...needless to say, she was a bit embarassed.

25 posted on 04/07/2013 8:13:08 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Jonty30

She trumpeted its flea market provenance in at least one published interview.

“After the auction house was contacted by a Washington Post reporter who revealed the piece’s theft, the FBI stepped in, immediately removing the painting from Fuqua’s possession.”


26 posted on 04/07/2013 8:14:26 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: dfwgator

I see a man dumping Rorschach into the river.


27 posted on 04/07/2013 8:18:58 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: JoeProBono
That maybe the ugliest frame I've ever seen...but that's just me...

FMCDH(BITS)

28 posted on 04/07/2013 8:20:49 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Uncle Chip

If she bought it just for the frame why was the painting still in it ?

As well most thieves sell stolen property within days if not hours. So her momma is suspect due her profession / hobby skill set.

Momma may have passed away recently and daughter tried to cash in...

My “what if” on the matter....aka serious wild ass guess...SWAG !


29 posted on 04/07/2013 8:21:35 AM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Joe 6-pack
I received a card with “Bathers” on the front of it. Inside it said “oopppps girls I stepped in it again!”.
30 posted on 04/07/2013 8:26:04 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

***Looks like she wasted her $7.***

Renoir was a good artist. This looks like he used this canvas to wipe excess paint from his brushes after he was done painting for the day.


31 posted on 04/07/2013 8:31:48 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The murals in OKC are destroyed.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Too bad. Two hairs would make the booger a masterpiece.


32 posted on 04/07/2013 8:36:09 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

not just today.....still cannot understand what a “Jackson Pollack” is....what crap...


33 posted on 04/07/2013 8:39:10 AM PDT by cherry
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To: Squantos
If she bought it just for the frame why was the painting still in it ?

Oooops How did that happen???

34 posted on 04/07/2013 8:54:42 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Hopefully, she’s only out the $7 and not tons of legal fees for this investigation.


35 posted on 04/07/2013 9:07:27 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

She no doubt has her fingers crossed that her deceased mother’s fingerprints don’t show up on the picture frame.


36 posted on 04/07/2013 9:16:40 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: pepsionice

Does that mean you know where it sat from 1952 thru 1958? /sarcasm


37 posted on 04/07/2013 9:48:28 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: New Jersey Realist
The story states:

She said she stored it in a plastic trash bag for two years, even in a shed at one point, before having it authenticated as a genuine Renoir.

38 posted on 04/07/2013 9:53:42 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: KarlInOhio
That's all it is worth. That's surprising to me.

Supposedly the brother recanted his story about how long it had been in the family.

39 posted on 04/07/2013 9:58:10 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: Robert DeLong
That's all it is worth. That's surprising to me.

Maybe all this publicity over its theft and sequestration for 60 years is part of a plan to drive up its value.

40 posted on 04/07/2013 10:09:19 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: napscoordinator
Well let's look at what the article provides.

A picture of her from 2010 in blackjack school.

Fuqua's mother graduated Goucher College with a degree in fine art, before in 1957 receiving a master’s degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Hard to tell if she received her masters in 1957 or fine art degree, but I assume it was the fine art degree.

From her picture she appears to have been born in the laste 40's, but more likely in the 50's. So she was either not born or the youngest art thief in history.

Extremely high probability she did not steal it. Maybe they are trying to determine if mom stole it based on the brother's initial accusation that it has been in the family for 50 to 60 years.

41 posted on 04/07/2013 10:12:56 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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Thanks Uncle Chip.


42 posted on 04/07/2013 10:23:51 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: tiki

If she had needed money she sure didn’t get it by strealing the painting. Not sure mom even had the opportunity to paint reproduction and replace original with it. While the article states in 1957 she either graduated with her art degree or obtained her Masters Degree but it is not really clear which was accomplised in 1957 because of the poor manner that information was presented. So I doubt that she possessed the necessary skills to pull of a quality reproduction of Renoir. If, however, at whatever her age was in 1951, mom that is, possessed the talent to reproduce Renoir’s style then she could have supplied that to the actual art thief/thieves and stored the paining for them. But even that I see as doubtful. The article fails to really elaborate on her skills, but rather only insinuates the possibility since she apparently was know to have created reproductions.


43 posted on 04/07/2013 10:29:40 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: Mr. K

Heavy drug usage will do that I am told.


44 posted on 04/07/2013 10:32:59 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: Robert DeLong
Extremely high probability she did not steal it.

But fencing stolen property is against the law.

It might be one thing to say that I found it amongst my mom's things, but the "I got it at a flea market" story is standard fencing lingo.

45 posted on 04/07/2013 11:21:37 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Mr. K
I was looking at a print of a large one, one day, and suddenly a real-life image of what he was painting must have looked like snapped into my head,

40 years later I still rmemeber that sudden feeling,

LSD has been known to cause flashbacks, even decades later......

46 posted on 04/07/2013 11:29:15 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Robert DeLong

Looked up Maryland , no statute of limitations on ANY felony. If you’re going to steal a masterpiece wait til it’s on display in another state.


47 posted on 04/07/2013 4:24:11 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

>>She looked exactly like a gal who was in my 19th Century Art class

Dang, you’re old. I didn’t realize women could go to college in the 19th Century.
;)


48 posted on 04/07/2013 4:38:58 PM PDT by Betis70 ("Leading from Behind" gets your Ambassador killed)
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To: Hot Tabasco

LOL- this was way different

I wish everyone could experience it


49 posted on 04/08/2013 10:16:20 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Uncle Chip

When I saw one of his paintings, it was of a bridge over some sort of water garden. I had an instantaneous flash of the actual water garden in my mind, I dont know how or why- it was so strong and vivid it nearly knocked me over.

Quite an amazing experience- it was if I was instantaneously transported there and saw the actual thing, and transported back (in like a half a second)


50 posted on 04/08/2013 10:52:37 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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