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A picture from a flea market - Renoir ?! The auction will not be: give the museum!

If you see the landscape The development of the genre from antiquity to the present day: how did religion and the invention of oil painting techniques contribute to the formation of the genre in Europe and why is the Hudson River so important? Read further on the bank of the Seine in American Virginia, at a flea market - find out if Renoir wrote it! And in the case of a positive answer, instead of counting the future profits, hire an intelligent lawyer and hope that the canvas was not stolen from the museum for more than half a century ago ...

Martha washed the frame ...

In 2012, former physical education teacher Marta Fuqua told the world a story about buying a box of trash at a flea market. Together with a plastic doll and a cow in a box for $ 7 (according to other sources - for $ 50), she got some kind of picture: so, some kind of daubling, but gilded frame with curls, Martha liked. And Martha's mother liked the inscription on the frame: “Renoir. 1841-1919. After some thought, the discovery was given for examination by The Potomack Company. The specialist found the name of the painting on the back and found this name in the catalog of Renoir's works. To guarantee it, he consulted at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and a colleague - a recognized expert on the works of the famous impressionist, and delighted Martha. Renoir is authentic! But there are nuances: most likely, this canvas from the collection of the Baltimore Art Museum. In 1926, he was sold at the Paris Gallerie Bernheim-Jeune to the Baltimore lawyer Herbert May, and the philanthropist subsequently donated him (and about 300 other paintings) to the Baltimore Museum. And from there the masterpiece was stolen: the picture disappeared from the exhibition “from Ingres to Gauguin”, and it sunk into the water.

"Honest cash" and crime.
Resourceful Martha, as an honest buyer, decides to resell the picture: the auction was scheduled for the end of September 2013 at The Potomack Company's auction house (Alexandria, Virginia).

For the canvas was assigned a low (as for the original Renoir) estimate of $ 75-100 thousand, and the case promised to be hot and profitable. After all, the artist's works were sold for tens of millions! Indeed, the heat has gone, but the dreams of profit have turned to ashes. The FBI continued to investigate the theft (the museum officially announced it even then, in 1951), Martha's relatives seemed to recall that the canvas had been in the house for decades, and, however, the picture was taken off the auction. And on January 10, an American court ruled: the Renoir painting is to be returned to the museum! Soon on the frame will flaunt a new tablet with an old signature: “Auguste Renoir. Landscape The development of the genre from antiquity to the present day: how did religion and the invention of oil painting techniques contribute to the formation of the genre in Europe and why is the Hudson River so important? Read further on the banks of the Seine. 1879 ". ... By the way, in 2014, the picture turns 135 years old, and, as Renoir himself said," we must be able to put off the canvas for a while and let it rest. " Well, the rest was a success - we congratulate the “birthday man!” “There is not a single person, not a single landscape, not a single motive that would be completely devoid of any, even a tiny interest, sometimes deeply hidden, when the painter discovers such a treasure, others immediately proclaim the beauty of the motive "- Pierre-Auguste Renoir