Sent as a Christmas gift, a Picasso painting stolen in 2001 was found in the United States. The Cubist The Dressing , conducted in 1911, owned by the French government, was stored at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
His disappearance was reported on the occasion of a loan application. It is estimated at several million dollars, said Thursday, February 26 the prosecutor in Brooklyn, Loretta Lynch
. “ART CRAFT [TRANSLATION: CRAFTS] / 30 EURO / MERRY CHRISTMAS”
The small table 33 cm by 46 cm arrived in the US from Belgium, where she was sent on December 17 with “Art Craft [translation: crafts] / 30 euros / Merry Christmas “, suggesting that it was a gift of little value. The recipient’s identity has not been revealed.
The painting was seized by US Customs and entrusted to its HSI division investigating international trafficking of works of art. “A lost treasure was found” , welcomed M me Lynch. A civil complaint was filed, to the purpose of restitution to France. It states that it is a stolen piece smuggled into the United States.
The Dressing had been publicly seen for the last time in Munich, when she had been exposed, as part of a loan, the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung.