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seereene1
More genius in a cracked pot than a whole one.
12:52 PM on 06/14/2011
I fail to understand what this couple did wrong, except not being wealthy enough to defend themselves against this grab of their property. Was there a heist these pieces were part of, some incidents where pieces were reported stolen? This sounds much more like a class issue where working class people are in possession of pieces of art in excess of their means. Wouldn't someone have noticed earlier if important pieces were missing? This all sounds very fishy and elitist to me.
12:46 PM on 06/14/2011
So, Picasso filed a police report claiming that this particular art had been stolen? Was it necessary for Picasso to sign an affidavit anytime he gave someone one of his thousands of doodles? Is it simply the value of the items that indicate that they were stolen? On the surface, this looks like a government money grab.
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Counterintuitive
We'll steer by the beacon of our 100 year forecast
12:25 PM on 06/14/2011
The situation is all jumbled and distorted.

In other words, a Picasso Masterpiece.
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rastadaddio
none but ourselves can free our minds
12:23 PM on 06/14/2011
not much real evidence.
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12:26 PM on 06/14/2011
If it's true they're probably sitting on a few million dollars worth of art.
12:28 PM on 06/14/2011
Not much real evidence.
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SPQR1052
12:30 PM on 06/14/2011
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Mupaaat
What could we build if we all worked together.
12:18 PM on 06/14/2011
The world of art is fraudulent yet we supplicants are too intimidated to see it, let alone discuss it. Art is all about a name and a name is all about promotion and indoctrination, forgive my heresy.
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Gray Mouser
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12:43 PM on 06/14/2011
The eye of the beholder, then!

You certainly appear to represent one end of the spectrum.
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Mupaaat
What could we build if we all worked together.
12:56 PM on 06/14/2011
Guilty as charged. :)
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First namepat Sharp
02:28 PM on 06/14/2011
Yes, unfortunately that is what the artworld has become with the advent of the "soulless wealthy, who have stolen their wealth, ans sold their souls to do so.
Back 30 years ago and beyond, art meant something to people, even the middle class who could afford it at that time when Blue Cross Blue Shield was a NON-PROFIT, charging around $20.00 for medical insurance, wages were fair, and plentiful, and all these pricey AMA designer drugs where but a gleam in the eye of the greedy!
At my first Art opening in 1974, a business man ( not stinking rich CEO) stranger to me, a sat there and analysed the psychological course of my life over several years, through the end of a rocky marriage to freedom: as it was expressed in the paintings symbolism. Average People CAN'T do that now, which is also why they can't vote properly!
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stargazer13
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12:17 PM on 06/14/2011
France I guess is strapped for cash !

why else would they try and steal this couples treasure
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12:27 PM on 06/14/2011
If they had, in fact stolen the art, they've stolen millions in art works that doesn't belong to them.
12:31 PM on 06/14/2011
I suppose that's true.

But other than being friendly with someone who has the ability and name to turn about $.13 worth of physical supplies into said art ... what evidence is there these were stolen?
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01:23 PM on 06/14/2011
Why would France see a dime of the money? Either the art belongs to the "hoarders," or it belongs to Picasso's family.
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Tierce
We need less government! That empowers the ppl!
12:15 PM on 06/14/2011
Ridiculous .
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Artos
Down with Tyrants
12:05 PM on 06/14/2011
 This does sound like a major heist. Only it seems that the French Government is the participant. Do they not have enough paintings at the Louvre that they need to steal these as well.
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12:28 PM on 06/14/2011
Try stealing a few million dollars worth of anything and see what happens - French government, American government or any government!
12:33 PM on 06/14/2011
Try possessing something that was not stolen if a major government wants to take from you. Good luck.

Without evidence of a crime - there is no reason to assume these were stolen.
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KIVPossum
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12:04 PM on 06/14/2011
I feel certain Picasso would have noticed if 271 pieces of art suddenly went missing.
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M Cubed
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12:17 PM on 06/14/2011
I get the idea these were not finished portraits, but sketches and experiments. Many prolific artists make many practice runs before starting a big project. And some just doodle because they cannot help it. This can explain why many of these works were unsigned.
12:27 PM on 06/14/2011
Seems the sort of stuff Picasso wouldn't view as any big deal to give away to a friend.
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12:30 PM on 06/14/2011
There's a story that Picasso was doodling and he threw a piece of paper with a doodle on it in the garbage. Someone wanted to pull it out and keep it but Picasso said he would sell it to him for x no. of francs. Even Picasso's doodles have ended up in art shows and art books.
12:00 PM on 06/14/2011
I'm sure the Picasso family needs the money, they probably are cutting corners and not eating well. Have no health insurance, live in a shack and get really cold at night without indoor heating.
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madame fate
The ego shouts. The higher-self whispers.
11:59 AM on 06/14/2011
This is all about greed. The Picasso estate wants the paintings because they are worth something and they want it. Guess they aren't rich enough. How much money will be enough for them? Can't stand to think that the man got those paintings legitimately, can they. Follow the money. It's always about the money...
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chaya
Another proud veteran
11:43 AM on 06/14/2011
If you can't prove it, then let it lie.

These art wars by descendants are so tasteless.
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FZliveson
Beating the Conundrum
11:42 AM on 06/14/2011
Is there any real evidence of a crime?
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SPQR1052
12:33 PM on 06/14/2011
Why do you assume that  the French legal system is like ours?
12:36 PM on 06/14/2011
Are you saying that evidence of a crime is not necessary in France?
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FZliveson
Beating the Conundrum
12:55 PM on 06/14/2011
I do my best to suppress my assumptions by asking questions. If you have light to shine, please do. No need to be truculent here. Thanks for your service in the military. FZLO
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Bonafideparte
Top O' the morn' to ya'
11:38 AM on 06/14/2011
Interesting ...it also will be on how it turns out , but it does not look good for them.
- i often imagine of all the works throughout history that have not been seen by the general public.
( or that have been lost never to be )
11:37 AM on 06/14/2011
Picasso had an interesting sense of humor.

He shared a studio with another artist for many years, they often signed each others paintings.

A painting, supposedly by him, had been declared a fraud by several experts. Then Picasso authenticated it.

If they were unsigned and undated, how can anyone be sure the are even Picasso's?