Picasso's 271 items discovered in France

08:30, November 30, 2010      

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A collection of 271 items of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso have been discovered in France, El Pais newspaper reported Monday.

The never-before-seen items, including the most famous anti-war painting "Gernika," were discovered when a retired French electrician, Pierre Le Guennec, got in contact with Picasso's son Claude Picasso with a view to identifying the works weather they were genuine.

The discovered items, including notebooks, nine cubist collages and some paintings from Picasso's "blue" period, are estimated to be worth at least 60 million euros (about 79 million U.S. dollars), according to the report.

After viewing the works, Claude Picasso found that they were indeed authentic ones of his father's and called the police who later confiscated the works.

Le Guennec argued that these items were "gifts" given to him and his wife by Picasso, for whom he worked as an electrician when the artist lived in southern France. Picasso died in 1973.

But Claude Picasso rejected Le Guennec's claim. "It is true that Pablo Picasso was reasonably generous, but he always kept a date, signed and dedicated his donations to whom they were destined for, as he knew that sometimes they would be sold to help resolve economic problems," Claude said.

Picasso's son said his main motivation for calling the police was to stop the collection being divided. Meanwhile his lawyer insisted that Picasso never made a donation as generous as the just-discovered works.

Source: Xinhua


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