Sunday, January 12, 2014

Renoir Update

Last year I posted a story about a painting by French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) purchased at a flea market in Virginia by fifty-one year old Martha Fuqua for seven dollars. The painting turned out to have been stolen in the 1950s. I asked you to decide who rightfully owned this painting. The judge has made her ruling. Check it out (here).



  1. I have to side with the woman, but hey maybe the museum gave her the seven bucks for her trouble.

  2. I side with the buyer since so much time has passed, but I am guessing the law is not one her side. I there no law of limitations on this? Probably not.

  3. Wow... I'm surprised... that since the museum had been paid for the loss of property... that the painting would have been returned to the museum. The museeum is required to return the insurance monies to someone... as mentioned by TexWisGirl in the comments above... Very interesting!!


  4. wow. i need to go art hunting at flea markets more interesting ruling by the judge considering the reinbursement...i guess finders keepers does not apply...