I have subscribed to the feed of The Telegraph (online) recently following the wedding of Prince William & Kate Middleton and from time to time, I go and read interesting news. And today, I just read about the discovery of Picasso’s paintings. Very interesting.
source of picture and news: The Telegraph
According to The Telegraph, the paintings were found in the possession of Pierre Le Guenneca, a retired odd job man and electrician. But pity him, he was suspected of stealing them paintings. During questioning, Mr Le Guennec said he was given the works after installing alarm systems at three of the artist’s Riviera homes in the three years until his death in 1973 — La Californie, the villa he bought in Cannes in 1955, his chateau de Vauvenargues and Notre-Dame-de-Vie, the farmhouse in Mougins where he died.
Picasso’s heir did not believe the story and said that his father was reluctant to gave away any works, obsessively kept everything and forbade people to enter his studio.
So… were they stolen or given?
In my opinion, I think the old man might be telling the truth. As a struggling artist, I know how hard it is to make ends meet by selling paintings. If I can trade paintings with things I need, I would. Even if it takes 271 of them.
And of course, I will forbid people to enter my studio because it is not a safe place to be, other than the painter him/herself. I tend to leave paints, tubes, brushes, water container all over the place. I remember things just where I placed them last. Having guests would mean that I have to clean the studio. And I hate doing that.
What is your thought on this matter? I want to know.