Pioneering technology from the fields of conservation and artificial intelligence has been utilised recently on paintings by the Spanish cubist artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), revealing fascinating new insights about his practice.Continue reading
Picasso’s former electrician and his wife are facing prison after losing their appeal against a conviction for possessing stolen goods.
Handing down the verdict on Friday (16 December), the judge at the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal described Pierre Le Guennec’s account of events as an “implausible and whimsical tale”. Continue reading
Pablo Picasso’s electrician has been accused of attempting to smear his former employer’s reputation in an appeal court in France.
Pierre Le Guennec and his wife Danielle allege that the artist’s widow handed them a rubbish bag filled with works by Picasso following his death in an attempt to hide them from her stepson. Jacqueline Picasso is said to have asked Le Guennec to store between 15 and 17 rubbish bags containing 180 single pieces and a notebook of 91 drawings by Picasso including rare cubist collages and a work from his “blue period”. When she retrieved the bags from him some time later she gave Le Guennec one of them to keep in recognition of his devotion to the family. Le Guennec told the appeal court in Aix-en-Provence that Mrs Picasso had been having problems with her stepson Claude, and was perhaps attempting to prevent the works from being inventoried and subsequently inherited by him. Continue reading
Nine people were arrested last week in Valencia, when police uncovered a forgery ring and seized 271 faked artworks. They are accused of selling and forging artworks by twentieth century masters, including Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. Continue reading