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  • £1billion art collection seized by Nazis found in shabby Munich apartment ...

    11/03/2013 9:53:59 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | November 3, 2013 | Allan Hall
    A treasure trove of artworks worth almost £1billion seized by the Nazis and reportedly destroyed in RAF bombing raids during WW2 has been found behind rotting food in shabby apartment in Munich. Experts have hailed the discovery of the 1,500 pictures, thought to have been lost or bombed, as a sensational find. The story of the lost masterpieces of such painters as Pablo Picasso, Renoir, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall is revealed in this week's edition of Germany's Focus magazine which broke the story of the incredible find by customs officials. Art historians examining the collection claim up to 300...
  • Art Thief Blames Dutch Museum for ‘Negligence’

    10/25/2013 4:49:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Arab News ^ | Tuesday 22 October 2013
    A Romanian man who has admitted stealing masterpieces by Gauguin, Monet and Picasso, wants to pin the blame on the Dutch museum for failing to protect the works, his lawyer said Tuesday. Radu Dogaru is among six Romanians on trial for the spectacular three-minute heist from the Kunthal museum in Rotterdam in October 2012 which stunned the art world. Despite their value, none of the paintings was equipped with an alarm, Dutch authorities have said.
  • A Pile of Romanian Ash May Be Stolen Picasso, Matisse, and Monet Masterpieces

    07/17/2013 8:00:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    If you needed more proof that art theft is a futile, dead-end job, look no further than the Kunsthal heist of 2012. After the theft of seven masterpieces worth tens of millions of dollars ——a Picasso, two Monets, and a Matisse, among others—it appears that the mother of one of the suspects said she burned their cache of high-priced art partly because the thieves couldn't find any buyers.
  • Picasso's Genius Revealed: He Used Common House Paint

    02/09/2013 9:26:41 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    livescience ^ | 08 February 2013 Time: 10:43 AM ET | Clara Moskowitz
    Art scholars had long suspected Picasso was one of the first master artists to employ house paint, rather than traditional artists' paint, to achieve a glossy style that hid brush marks. There was no absolute confirmation of this, however, until now. Physicists at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill., trained their hard X-ray nanoprobe at Picasso's painting "The Red Armchair," completed in 1931, which they borrowed from the Art Institute of Chicago. The nanoprobe instrument can "see" details down to the level of individual pigment particles, revealing the arrangement of particular chemical elements
  • Museum discovers Picasso original after 50 years in storage

    08/18/2012 10:50:00 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 17, 2012 | Unattributed
    The Evansville Museum in Indiana corrected their misidentification of a glass piece of art held in storage for 50 years. The rediscovered artwork is a valuable Picasso original gemmaux work, created by baking different pieces of colored glass, titled "Seated woman with Red Hat." Documentation associated with the piece incorrectly indicated it was by an artist named "Gemmaux" with a design inspired by a Picasso oil painting, and the work was kept in storage for decades.
  • Henri Poincaré: the unlikely link between Einstein and Picasso

    07/17/2012 10:26:27 AM PDT · by Borges · 2 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7/17/2012 | Arthur I Miller
    Today, 17 July 2012, is the centenary of the death of the great French polymath Henri Poincaré, once described as the "last of the universalists". His achievements span mathematics (he set the basis for chaos theory), physics (his mathematical methods are still used in studying elementary particles), philosophy (his framework for exploring scientific theories is still controversial) and the psychology of creativity (he studied the workings of the unconscious). Poincaré also acted as a surprising link between Einstein and Picasso, who were both inspired by his best-selling Science and Hypothesis, published in 1902. Working as a patent clerk in Bern,...
  • (Mexican-American tagger) Vandal defaces Menil Collection Picasso - Repairs are under way...

    06/20/2012 1:19:14 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | By Molly Glentzer
    Officials at the Menil Collection don't know why a man spray-painted Pablo Picasso's "Woman in a Red Armchair" at the museum, but the act wasn't caught just on surveillance cameras. It also was captured by a bystander with a smartphone camera and subsequently posted on YouTube with a caption naming the alleged perpetrator as a young artist... The damaged artwork, with the spray paint barely dry, was rushed down the hall to the museum's conservation lab, where chief conservator Brad Epley quickly began its repair. The 1929 painting, one of nine by Picasso owned by the Menil, has "an excellent...
  • Narcissism and the culture war

    03/10/2012 1:28:50 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Renew America ^ | 3-8-12 | Fred Hutchinson
    The culture war might be likened to fighting a war against a coalition of powers. Imagine WWI-style trench warfare on a long front. In the center of the enemy lines are the forces of moral relativism. These forces oppose the idea that there is a universal moral law. On one flank are the forces of the sexual revolution, including gays, feminists, adulterers, the promiscuous, and the pro-abortion folks. On the other flank are the cultural relativists, and multiculturalists. This camp opposes the ideas of truth, beauty, and intrinsic quality. It seeks to suppress the literary, philosophical, and artistic heritage of...
  • Paintings worth millions stolen from Paris museum

    05/20/2010 10:22:15 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 444+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2010 | ANGELA CHARLTON
    PARIS (AP) -- A thief stole five paintings possibly worth hundreds of millions of euros, including major works by Picasso and Matisse, in a brazen overnight heist at a Paris modern art museum, police and prosecutors said Thursday. The paintings disappeared early Thursday from the Paris Museum of Modern Art, across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower in one of the French capital's most chic and tourist-frequented neighborhoods.
  • Picasso Painting sets record sale price ($106.5 Million at auction)

    05/05/2010 11:45:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 896+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/05/2010 | Jori Finkel
    His 1932 portrait 'Nude, Green Leaves and Bust' fetches $106.5 million. Some mistresses are more valuable than others. On Tuesday night, Christie's New York sold Pablo Picasso's bold 1932 portrait of his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter, "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust," for $106.5 million, making it the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. "I think the Picasso illustrates what has been true in good and bad economic times — the very best works of art continue to sell at a premium," said Marc Porter, chairman of Christie's Americas. He said the nine bidders active after the opening bid of $58...
  • At $106.5 Million, a Picasso Sets an Auction Record

    05/05/2010 11:41:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 222+ views
    A painting that Picasso created in a single day in March 1932 became the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction on Tuesday night. In an overflowing salesroom at Christie’s, six bidders vied for “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust,” which depicts the artist’s mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, reclining naked. When the canvas last changed hands, in 1951, it sold for $19,800. But this time, “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” brought $106.5 million. For 8 minutes and 6 seconds, bidding rose steadily, with five people still competing at $80 million. Nicholas Hall, of Christie’s old master paintings department in New...
  • Met Visitor's Picasso Stumble is $65 Million Oops: Expert (Woman trips & rips painting)

    01/26/2010 6:05:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies · 1,530+ views
    NBC New York ^ | 2/26/10 | CAITLIN MILLAT
    Met Visitor's Picasso Stumble is $65 Million Oops: ExpertBy CAITLIN MILLAT Updated 4:30 PM EST, Tue, Jan 26, 2010 This may be the most expensive stumble ever. A Metropolitan Museum of Art visitor who lost her balance and tore a hole in a Picasso work Monday slashed the painting's $130 million value in half, an expert told the New York Post. The 6-inch tear in Picasso's "The Actor" happened after a woman stumbled into the Met work, leaving it with a mark that could mean the painting could never be restored to its original condition, appraiser Gerard van Weyenbergh said....
  • Seven-Year-Old British Child Prodigy Being Compared to Picasso - Video

    12/15/2009 7:12:47 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 25 replies · 3,014+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 15, 2009 | Brian
    Here is an interesting video report on seven-year-old British prodigy Kieron Williamson, a young painter being compared to Picasso. He only began painting at age six, but his work is already drawing the rarified comparisons, and people from all over the world are paying a thousand dollars to own a painting by him. As for his view on his paintings, Williamson said he has no favorite because "they are all good." . . . (VIDEO)
  • Soldiers Recover Picasso's 'The Naked Woman,' Stolen From Kuwait, in Raid on Home in Southern Iraq

    08/27/2009 11:54:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies · 3,248+ views
    Special forces have recovered a stolen Picasso and arrested a man planning to sell the painting during a raid of his house in southern Iraq, Iraqi police said Wednesday. The painting, "The Naked Woman," apparently had been among the artwork looted from Kuwait during Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion, said police spokesman Maj. Muthana Khalid. It was seized Tuesday during a raid on the house belonging to the suspect near the mainly Shiite city of Hillah, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Baghdad. Khalid said the man was trying to sell the painting for $450,000, but some Iraqi experts who...
  • Picasso book of sketches stolen from Paris museum

    06/09/2009 7:23:59 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 5 replies · 375+ views
    AP ^ | 06/09/09 | JEAN-PIERRE VERGES
    PARIS – A red notebook of 33 pencil drawings by Pablo Picasso has been stolen from a specially locked glass case in the Paris museum that bears the painter's name, authorities said Tuesday. The book is believed to be worth 8 million euros ($11 million), a police official said. The theft took place between Monday and Tuesday morning at the Picasso Museum, removed from a glass case that "can only be opened with a specific instrument," the Culture Ministry said. A museum employee discovered the notebook missing Tuesday morning from the second-floor display case, the police official said anonymously, as...
  • Picasso Paintings Stolen in Paris

    02/28/2007 6:55:38 AM PST · by Aquinasfan · 430 replies · 3,637+ views
    AOL News ^ | 2/28/07 | AP
    PARIS (Feb. 28) - At least two Picasso paintings, worth a total of nearly $66 million, were stolen from the artist's granddaughter's house in Paris, police said Wednesday. The paintings, "Maya and the Doll" and "Portrait of Jacqueline," disappeared overnight Monday to Tuesday from the chic 7th arrondissement, or district, a Paris police official said. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said they were worth nearly $66 million. The director of the Picasso Museum, Anne Baldassari, said several paintings and drawings were stolen from the home of Diana Widmaier-Picasso....
  • Wynn sues Lloyd's over $54 million damaged Picasso

    01/12/2007 1:49:37 PM PST · by kik5150 · 45 replies · 1,184+ views
    www.thesmokinggun.com ^ | 01-12-07 | kik5150
    Steve Wynn's Bad Dream Vegas mogul sues Lloyd's over $54 million damaged Picasso claim JANUARY 11--Months after he accidentally poked a hole in a Picasso painting, casino magnate Steve Wynn today sued Lloyd's of London for failing to pay off a $54 million insurance claim. Wynn, who purchased the painting "Le Reve" for $48.4 million in 1997, contends that the painting was worth $139 million when, on September 30, he "accidentally placed a tear" in it while showing the work (pictured at right) to friends visiting his Las Vegas office. According to Wynn's U.S. District Court complaint, a copy of...
  • Wynn accidentally damages Picasso

    10/17/2006 9:01:12 PM PDT · by verum ago · 166 replies · 4,393+ views
    Pablo Picasso's "dream" painting has turned into a $139 million nightmare for Steve Wynn. In an accident witnessed by a group that included Barbara Walters and screenwriters Nora Ephron and Nicholas Pileggi, Wynn accidentally poked a hole in Picasso's 74-year-old painting, "Le Reve," French for "The Dream." A day earlier, Wynn had finalized a record $139 million deal for the painting of Picasso's mistress, Wynn told The New Yorker magazine The accident occurred as a gesturing Wynn, who suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that affects peripheral vision, struck the painting with his right elbow, leaving a hole the...
  • Surrounded by Beauty: exhibition on modern dealer Vollard

    09/18/2006 6:45:13 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 39 replies · 519+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sept. 17, 2006 | barbara Isenberg
    WHEN student Ambroise Vollard first saw a Cézanne painting in a Paris dealer's window, he regretted bitterly that he couldn't afford it. "I thought to myself how nice it must be to be a picture dealer," he wrote later. "Spending one's life among beautiful things like that." Vollard, who within a few years did indeed become a picture dealer, soon lacked neither beautiful things nor interesting people around him. In 1895, he hosted the first major exhibition of Paul Cézanne's work. He gave Pablo Picasso his first Paris show in 1901 and Henri Matisse his first solo exhibition in 1904....
  • Recognize This Man? The Art World Doesn't

    05/08/2006 9:56:19 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 61 replies · 2,136+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 6, 2006 | Carol Vogel
    ...This unidentified bidder at Sotheby's auction in New York on Wednesday bid $95.2 million for a Picasso and $2.5 million for a Chagall. Yesterday that man's face was being sent by e-mail around the world, as art dealers and collectors frenziedly speculated on his identity. He ended up spending $102.7 million, for a 1941 Picasso portrait, "Dora Maar With Cat." ...an 1883 Monet seascape for $5 million...a Chagall, a 1978 biblical scene, for which the man paid $2.5 million But who was he? Sotheby's has refused to say. It is unclear whether he was acting for a client or buying...
  • Picasso portrait fetches $95 million

    05/03/2006 10:03:18 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 76 replies · 1,191+ views
    reuters ^ | May 3, 2006 | Christopher Michaud
    NEW YORK (Reuters)- Picasso's 1941 portrait of his mistress, "Dora Maar with cat," sold for an astounding $95 million at Sotheby's on Wednesday, becoming the second most expensive painting in auction history. The vibrant, large-scale work depicts Maar, the surrealist photographer Picasso was romantically involved with for a decade, seated in a chair with a small cat perched on the back. It had been expected to sell for upwards of $40 million, but the winning bid of $95,216,000, including commission, caught even Sotheby's officials by surprise. "I was hoping for 70-plus," said David Norman, Sotheby's co-chair of Impressionist and modern...
  • Van Gogh painting sells for $40m

    05/03/2006 11:52:04 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 50 replies · 1,062+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 3, 2006
    A painting by Vincent Van Gogh has sold at auction in New York for more than $40m (£22m). L'Arlesienne, Madame Ginoux commanded the fourth highest price on record for a work by the renowned Dutch artist. The 1890 painting was one in a series of five created in homage to Van Gogh's friend, the artist Paul Gaugin. Madame Marie Ginoux owned a cafe in Arles, France where both artists lived briefly. It was during this period that Van Gogh cut off his own ear. The painting was created while the artist recovered at an asylum in Provence, France. Artistic homage...
  • Picasso 'stole the work of African artists'

    03/12/2006 10:02:22 AM PST · by wagglebee · 84 replies · 1,621+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 3/12/06 | Stephen Bevan
    He was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century and also one of the most controversial. And now, 33 years after his death, the first significant exhibition of Pablo Picasso's work in South Africa has provoked a furious row after a senior government official accused him of stealing the work of African artists to boost his "flagging talent". The Picasso and Africa exhibition, which has been drawing capacity crowds at Johannesburg's Standard Bank Gallery, contains 84 original works by Picasso along with 29 African sculptures similar to those in the artist's own collection, and is described as an...
  • Thieves steal masterpieces from Brazil art museum

    02/27/2006 8:43:02 AM PST · by Republicanprofessor · 6 replies · 392+ views
    globeandmail.com ^ | 2/24/06 | Associated Press
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Gunmen overpowered security guards and stole paintings by Picasso, Dali, Matisse and Monet from a Rio museum Friday, using the cover of a Carnival crowd to make their getaway, Brazilian authorities said. The thieves entered the Chacara do Ceu museum as a samba band performed on the street outside and stole Pablo Picasso's The Dance, Salvador Dali's The Two Balconies, Henri Matisse's Luxemburg Garden and Claude Monet's Marine. The paintings were considered the most valuable pieces at the museum but their exact value was not immediately available, said Thais Isel, a spokeswoman for Rio's Public...
  • Brazil - Works of Picasso, Monet, Dali, Matisse and Monet stolen in robbery, tourists attacked

    02/24/2006 4:09:41 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 510+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | February 24, 2006
    ALARM - Flights of works of Picasso, Monet, Dali and Matisse with the museum of Rio RIO OF JANEIRO - works of El Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Claude Monet were flights Friday in a museum of Rio by a group of men armed which moreover attacked foreign tourists, according to the museum.
  • Impressionist masterpieces held hostage (Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso's masterpieces arrested in Swiss)

    11/17/2005 3:41:33 AM PST · by mym · 12 replies · 378+ views
    news.telegraph ^ | 17/11/2005 | Adrian Blomfield
    Swiss bailiffs yesterday seized dozens of Impressionist masterpieces on loan from Moscow as part of an octogenarian businessman's long campaign to recover debts from Russia. The impounding of the paintings, insured for £720 million and including works by Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet, provoked indignation in Russia itself. The Swiss government last night overruled the canton that ordered the seizure and allowed the canvasses to return home - but not before a diplomatic scandal had blown up. "Although the paintings are kept in Russia, they are the inheritance of all people in the world and as such are...
  • Collector settles claim over Picasso painting ($6.5M-Chicago collector)

    08/10/2005 12:14:52 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 6 replies · 259+ views
    Chicago Tribune CHICAGO - A Chicago art collector has agreed to pay $6.5 million to settle a claim that a Picasso oil painting she bought in 1975 was looted by the Nazis. Marilynn Alsdorf, who acquired Picasso's "Femme en blanc" ("Woman in White") from New York art dealer Stephen Hahn for $357,000, will pay the sum to Californian Thomas Bennigson, whose grandmother owned the painting before it was confiscated during the Holocaust. Though Alsdorf has fought Bennigson's claim since 2002, when he sued for $10 million in California state court, she agreed to settle after attorneys for both parties met...
  • Lover sells Picasso works

    06/29/2005 12:52:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 566+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jun 27, 2005 | Tiziana Cauli
    PARIS (Reuters) - A lover of Pablo Picasso sold a collection of his sketches and engravings for 1.54 million euros (1 million pounds) on Monday, half a century after most of them were drawn during a romantic holiday. Genevieve Laporte, now 79, left just before the start of the auction at which "Odalisque", a 1951 sketch of her lying naked on a bed, was bought by Paris's Picasso Museum for 473,000 euros including costs -- three times the asking price. Another sketch, "The Dream", also showing Laporte on a bed, fetched 417,000 euros including costs, the Artcurial Auction House said....
  • Art Appreciation/Education "class" #5: Cubism

    06/20/2005 8:36:34 PM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 38 replies · 18,472+ views
    6/20/05 | republicanprofessor
    Time to deal with Cubism and its development. For those who are really intense about all this, there is an excellent book from which many of today’s ideas come from. It’s edited by William Rubin (former curator of the Museum of Modern Art) and is called Cezanne: The Late Work. It’s the essay on Cezannism and the beginnings of Cubism that opened my eyes to how it was not Picasso, but his buddy Georges Braque, who really did the first cubist paintings. Surprised? I think most of the art world was surprised at that and most of them probably still...
  • Picasso Exhibition Puzzles Chinese Art Lovers

    06/07/2005 12:23:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 9,561+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | June 5, 2005
    Picasso's paintings have captured the imagination of art lovers the world over but they remain a mystery to many in China, as visitors at an exhibition of his lesser-known works here attest. Beijing has a lively art scene and its residents pride themselves as the most culturally informed in the country. But visitors said even they were mystified by the Spanish master's lesser-known collection -- mostly etchings and engravings that are illustrations in books of European classics. "I don't really understand his works, they are relatively abstract. I think this is because I know too little about his culture and...
  • New software turns family albums and home movies into Picasso masterpieces

    08/27/2004 3:51:21 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 2,036+ views
    >>> John Collomosse research pages >>> Video demo of the technology [may be slow for dial-up users] The family portrait is set to become a great work of art thanks to new computer software that can turn photographs into cubist artworks in the style of Picasso.The Picasso-effect software is part of a unique suite of imaging technologies developed by computer scientists at the University of Bath that turns photo albums, videos and movies into drawings, paintings, and cartoons. The software could also revolutionise the way that animations are made.In order to create the software, the researchers had to teach...
  • Appointment for Return of Art Left in the Subway (Matisse & Picasso Left in Subway Terminal)

    06/02/2003 2:11:28 PM PDT · by Mister Magoo · 6 replies · 389+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 1, 2003 | COREY KILGANNON
    Appointment for Return of Art Left in the Subway By COREY KILGANNON The man on the telephone called himself Paul and said to meet him this afternoon at 80th Street and Broadway. "No third parties," he said. And so the stage seems to be set for the final act of the case of the mislaid art. This is the affair of the professional art framer who left two precious pieces of art on a subway platform on Thursday: an original Picasso print and a study by Sophie Matisse, great-granddaughter of Henri Matisse. The framer, William H. Bailey, 63, who was...
  • Paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh and Gauguin stolen in £1m raid on gallery

    04/27/2003 5:32:09 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 37 replies · 368+ views
    UK Independent ^ | April 27, 2003 | Cahal Milmo
    Three paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh and Gauguin worth a total of £1m were stolen from a Manchester art gallery over the weekend in a "well planned" theft by professional art thieves, police said. Staff at the Whitworth Gallery only discovered the three works were missing when they turned up for work at about midday yesterday. The paintings are believed to have been in the same room at the museum, which has a world-renowned collection of 40,000 works by artists ranging from Lucian Freud to Toulouse Lautrec. Detectives said the thieves had broken into the building at some point after...
  • Picasso Work Stolen From Art Festival in Madrid

    02/14/2003 7:32:27 AM PST · by Mr. Mulliner · 1 replies · 380+ views
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | February 14, 2003 | Associate Press
    Feb 14, 2003Picasso Work Stolen From Art Festival in Madrid The Associated Press MADRID, Spain (AP) - A ceramic plate with a bullfighting motif painted by Pablo Picasso in 1949 has been stolen from an art show in Madrid. The 10-inch, blue and white plate disappeared two hours after the weeklong international ARCO art festival opened to the public Thursday, director Rosina Gomez-Baez said The piece was for sale for $12,400 and was displayed on a low shelf with other Picasso ceramic pieces at a stand representing the Bonn, Germany-based gallery Pudelko. Security guards checked people leaving the Madrid...
  • UN Report: The Picasso Cover-Up (More Fodder For the Loony Left)

    02/03/2003 9:44:30 PM PST · by Timesink · 10 replies · 369+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 3, 2003 | Betsy Pisik
    <p>A tapestry of Pablo Picasso's powerful anti-war tableau "Guernica" has hung outside the U.N. Security Council since 1985, and it would be difficult to imagine a more fitting example of site-specific art.</p> <p>The original 1937 painting depicts the terrorized and dying civilians at Guernica, a small Basque village in northern Spain that Generalissimo Francisco Franco's Nationalist regime, battling the Republican government during the Spanish Civil War, allowed the German air force to use for target practice. About 1,600 civilians were killed or wounded in three hours of bombardment.</p>