Update: Picasso’s former assistant gets two years in prison

Pierre Le Guennec, who worked for Picasso as a handyman in the 1970s, has been given a suspended sentence of two years in prison for the possession of 271 works stolen from the artist. The work, valued at €70m, will be returned the Picasso family. 

Le Guennec had claimed that the collection of art was a gift from Picasso and his wife Jacqueline. It had been sitting in his garage for four decades; he claimed he had forgotten about it.

During the trial, held in February in a court in Grasse in the South of France, experts and acquaintances argued that it was “ridiculous” to believe that Picasso would have given away such a large amount of work. None of the work had signatures or dates, which raised suspicions as Picasso would normally sign works before giving them away.

Picasso’s works are the most stolen of any artist in history. He has more than 1,000 paintings registered as taken unlawfully, missing or disputed.

Read more about the trial here.

2 thoughts on “Update: Picasso’s former assistant gets two years in prison

  1. arthistorian413 says:

    First of all wonderful post,
    I find it interesting that you stated Picasso’s work is the most stolen because one would think it would be that of the old masters. It would make sense since Picasso’s work has stirred many emotions whether it’s Guernica or his bold use of cubism in the early days. You also stated that he did not sign the works which as somebody interested in our law would raise the question if they are even really Picassos to begin with if that makes any sense. It’s sad that someone apparently so close to Picasso would steal all this art and just leave it on protected for 40 years where was exposed to the elements! Imagine the stuff we can learn from these drawings. I can now wait to see what else you all find on this case!


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