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Arte, Individuo y Sociedad 2014, 26 2

Author: Noah Charney

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Arte, Individuo y Sociedad ISSN: 1131-5598 ais@ucm.es Universidad Complutense de Madrid España Charney, Noah Pablo Picasso, art thief: the “affaire des statuettes” and its role in the foundation of modernist painting Arte, Individuo y Sociedad, vol.
26, núm.
2, 2014, pp.
187-198 Universidad Complutense de Madrid Madrid, España Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=513551291001 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Pablo Picasso, art thief: the “affaire des statuettes” and its role in the foundation of modernist painting Pablo Picasso, ladrón de arte: “el caso de las estatuillas” y su papel en la fundación de la pintura moderna Noah Charney Professor of Art History, American University of Rome and Founder and President, ARCA (Association for Research into Crimes against Art) nlcharney@gmail.com Recibido: 28 de agosto de 2012 Aceptado: 23 de enero de 2014 Abstract When the Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911 by the Italian handyman Vincenzo Peruggia, both Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire were brought in by the Paris police for questioning.
They were innocent of having stolen the Mona Lisa, but they were in fact guilty of having stolen other art from the Louvre—for in Picasso’s dresser lay hidden several ancient Iberian statue heads that had been stolen from the Louvre in 1907 by Apollinaire’s secretary, Honore-Joseph Gery Pieret, almost certainly on commission from Picasso himself, who may also have assisted in the theft.
Picasso’s involvement in art theft is little known, even though the so-called “affaire des statuettes” made international headlines in 1911.
The theft did influence Picasso’s art and rise of Modernism, for the stolen statue heads were integrated into Picass...





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