Dreaming of finding a Picasso … in the attic … ?

Pablo Picasso (1881/1973) was a most prolific artist.

Picasso's The Dream

Pablo Picasso (1881/1973) was a most prolific artist. The Picasso Administration, run by his son Claude, believed that it knew where every Picasso masterpiece was in the world.

Claude Picasso’s surprise was therefore great when he received a large envelope in which were 26 photographs of his father’s art work – sketches, collages and a ‘Blue Period’ watercolor. All were works he did not even know existed.

The sender was Pierre Le Guennec, a retired 71-year-old electrician.

Le Guennec wanted the Picasso Administration to authenticate the pieces.

This had happened on January 14 this year (2010).

Another parcel arrived in which Claude Picasso found another 39 photographs of his father’s art work. The photos were rather amateurish and Claude Picasso’s reply to Le Guennec was that he could not authenticate the pieces.

Last September, Le Guennec and his wife turned up at the Picasso Administration’s office in Paris.

They carried a suitcase.

From the suitcase the couple took 175 Picasso art works.  They also had another 59 photographs of more of Picasso’s work.

They claimed that they had 271 pieces of Picasso’s art work in their possession.

How come?

Le Guennec said that Picasso and his wife Jacqueline had given those to him over the three years before the artist’s death when he had done electrical work at the three Picasso residences in Southern France. He had for example installed electrical alarm systems for the painter.

Claude Picasso, in an interview with the Paris daily Libération today, said his father dated everything he created. Not all of the works that Le Guennec had was dated. Claude Picasso also told the daily that his father found it very difficult to part with anything he had created; he did give some of his creations to friends as gifts, but always with a heavy heart. Therefore, how could he have given such a great number of works to an electrician who occasionally did some repair work for him? Indeed, if the 271 pieces were genuine they would be worth €60 million ($79 million / £51 million).

After the couple’s visit, the four Picasso heirs got together to decide what they ought to do. Of course, they had the art works authenticated, and yes they were Pablo Picasso’s work.

Next, they called in the police from the Central Office for the Fight against Traffic in Cultural Goods which raided the Le Guennec couple’s house in the South of France, confiscated all the Picassos and took the electrician in for questioning.

He is not facing any charges right now, but the police are investigation how he did come by such a treasure, and a court of law would have to decide who the rightful owner of the art works is.

There is also another question that needs an answer: Why did the Le Guennec couple remain silent about such a treasure for so long – for over 37 years?

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

5 Responses

11-29-2010 at 14:25:14

I’d like to find a Picasso in the attic, if I had one, but its the only place I would keep a Picasso and I would probably sell it as fast as I could. I am not, in any way, enamoured of his works.

11-30-2010 at 11:52:35

This story is nuts! I just saw it on the news this morning. I’m not sure who to believe.

12-1-2010 at 00:13:36

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Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

12-1-2010 at 23:11:15

Yeah I heard this yesterday and almost wrote about it myself, maybe still will, it’s so weird!

Your Comments I do have a lithograph of a Picasso of a bullfight. Inside was a paper in German that I think states it was at a Galerie Valentien Konigsbau Stuttgart in 1984. If you have any info on this it would be appreciated as I need to sell it and cannot afford not to. Thank you so much.

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