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US Couple Forced to Give Up Their $1.75M Pissarro

Artwork had been looted from Jewish family by French Vichy regime during WWII

(Newser) - A US couple loaned a valuable Camille Pissarro painting to a Paris museum earlier this year—and now they've lost it for good. "La Cueillette des Pois," or "Picking Peas," by the impressionist master was displayed in an exhibition at Marmottan and was recognized there... More »

There's a Dead Body Hiding in 1889 Van Gogh

It belongs to an unlucky grasshopper

(Newser) - Painting outdoors allowed Vincent Van Gogh a firsthand look at the landscapes that would become the subjects of his masterpieces. But the routine wasn't without, well, pests. As part of a study of 104 paintings from France, conservator Mary Schafer at Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently... More »

Guy Discovers KFC Secret, Gets Special KFC Painting

Um, wow

(Newser) - "Dreams DO come true." And for Mike Edgette, who tweeted just that on Saturday morning, his dream entailed receiving a painting depicting him riding piggyback on Colonel Sanders against a picturesque mountain landscape, all the while waving a KFC drumstick. Edgette tells Mashable he received the artwork, along... More »

He Loaned His Pissarro to This Museum. Then, a Lawsuit.

Simon Bauer's relatives say it was confiscated by the Vichy regime during WWII

(Newser) - Back in 1995, when they spent $800,000 on a work by impressionist painter Camille Pissarro in New York, Bruce Toll claims he had no idea the canvas had been looted by the Vichy regime during World War II. "I just know that I bought the painting from Christie'... More »

Experts: Nude Mona Lisa Is a Real Da Vinci

Sketch suggests he created different version of painting

(Newser) - Art experts have found tantalizing clues that suggest 500-year-old rumors Leonardo da Vinci painted a nude version of the Mona Lisa are true. A charcoal drawing of a nude Mona Lisa that has been sitting in a museum north of Paris for 150 years is now believed to be the... More »

'Lost' 400-Year-Old Portrait Found Above Fireplace

Dirt, additions of other artists had obscured its identity

(Newser) - A man's day out with his family resulted in the discovery of a 400-year-old painting of "perhaps one of the most famous gay men in history" by one of the most important painters in history, the Guardian reports. The story is only slightly less surprising because that man... More »

Tiny Museum Seeks to Revive Interest in Forgotten Artist

Little-known Archie Teater in spotlight

(Newser) - An Idaho-born landscape painter who traveled the world on the strength of his sales, had one-man shows in New York, and commissioned a studio by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright is mostly forgotten now. Except by a southern Idaho historical society that owns 600 of Archie Teater's oil-on-canvas paintings... More »

LA Lakers Poster Led Man to What Could Be a $10M Painting

What is thought to be a Jackson Pollock uncovered in Arizona

(Newser) - What does Kobe Bryant have to do with the possible discovery of a "lost" Jackson Pollock painting? Something, it turns out. An Arizona auction house says it was contacted by a Sun City resident who wanted someone to take a look at a 1992 LA Lakers poster signed by... More »

Painting Made by 21-Year-Old in 1982 Sells for $110.5M

Jean-Michel Basquiat masterpiece busts auction records

(Newser) - An artwork created by a 21-year-old American in 1982 broke several records at an auction in New York City Thursday night—including most expensive work by a US artist. Jean-Michel Basquiat's untitled painting of a skull sold for $110.5 million to Japanese fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, who set... More »

Oprah Makes $60M on One Painting

Reportedly sells portrait by Gustav Klimt for $150M

(Newser) - In 2006, Oprah Winfrey bought a painting by Austrian master Gustav Klimt for $87.9 million, the auction record for a Klimt painting. Wise move. Last summer, she sold the "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II" for $150 million and made a tidy profit of about $62 million, reports Bloomberg... More »

A 6-Ton Painting Is About to Make a Tricky Move

Massive 2-day effort underway to relocate 'Cyclorama' across Atlanta

(Newser) - A colossal panoramic painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta from the US Civil War will be lifted by cranes from the building where it's been housed for nearly a century and then trucked to its new location. Moving the 6-ton Cyclorama, one of the nation's largest paintings, from... More »

Green Pigment a Telltale Clue in Art-Fraud Case: Suit

'St. Jerome' contains modern pigment: Sotheby's

(Newser) - St. Jerome was said to have been painted by an Italian Renaissance master and was displayed at Vienna's national gallery before it was sold at auction in 2012 for $842,500. The buyer apparently overpaid. Sotheby's now says the artwork is a fake, not painted by Parmigianino in... More »

Lawmakers Battle Over Student Painting of Cops as Animals

Some Republicans want it removed from Capitol

(Newser) - For six months, Untitled #1 hung in a hallway of the Capitol among hundreds of other winning artworks from the high school Congressional Arts Competition without much fuss. Then came a tug-of-war. The painting by Missouri's David Pulphus—a collage of scenes, showing two police officers with what appear... More »

A Long-Lost Painting Finally Resurfaces

Frida Kahlo piece was in possession of elderly woman

(Newser) - For 60 years, one of the earliest paintings by Frida Kahlo hung on the wall of a California home, unseen by the public and its location a mystery, Reuters reports. Now it's expected to fetch up to $2 million at auction. According to Fusion , Kahlo painted Niña Con ... More »

17th-Century Painting Cut From Frame in Quake-Hit Church

Italy deploying soldiers to deter further looting

(Newser) - Someone took advantage of the severe earthquakes last month in Italy to steal a 17th-century painting from a church that was badly damaged by the temblors. "Pardon in Assisi," a 1631 piece by French painter Jean Lhomme and "well-known among historians," per the AP , was taken... More »

Here's the $20K Trump Portrait He Bought With Charity Funds

'Speed painter' releases first public photos of painting whipped up in 6 minutes

(Newser) - A tweet from Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold offered a first glimpse to the masses Tuesday of something that's long been reported but not yet seen: the portrait of Donald Trump that Trump bought for $20,000 using money meant for his Trump Foundation charity. Artist Michael Israel, a... More »

George W. Bush Publishing Book of His Paintings

It will feature 66 paintings and a mural the former president did of veterans

(Newser) - The next book from former President George W. Bush will be more about pictures than words, the AP reports. Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors will feature 66 paintings and a four-panel mural drawn by Bush of military veterans and those in active... More »

Shakespeare May Not Have Looked Like This

Portrait cleaning could alter the Bard's look in a big way

(Newser) - When you picture William Shakespeare, the image that likely comes to mind is the Chandos Portrait—the most famous portrait of the Bard and the only one known to have been painted during his lifetime, reports Smithsonian . But that doesn't mean it looks exactly like him, at least in... More »

Art World Has Nearly Solved 80-Year-Old Jigsaw Puzzle

René Magritte apparently cut 'The Enchanted Pose' into pieces

(Newser) - An "exciting art world jigsaw puzzle" is nearly complete after the third piece of a painting by Belgian artist René Magritte missing for more than 80 years was recently discovered hiding at the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery in Britain, the Guardian reports. Magritte's The Enchanted Pose... More »

Degas Painting Panned as Discolored Hid Secret Image

Had Degas used thicker paint, the face may not have been possible to see

(Newser) - In 2008, a researcher in the Netherlands used an advanced X-ray technique to show that Vincent van Gogh's 1887 work "Patch of Grass" was actually done over an earlier painting of a woman's face. The practice is thought to have been common for van Gogh, with an... More »

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