Picasso lithograph found fence,Remember that $30,000 Picasso lithograph we mentioned that was stolen at that big teen party at an abandoned mansion in Novato? Well, a high-schooler apparently got cold feet, and fearing getting caught, they just left the thing to be found leaning on a fence by the side of a road.
The print, one of 50 from 1957, is called "Femme au chignon," and its value according to a Sotheby's auction in 2008 is estimated between $30,000 and $40,000. Marin resident Greg Atamaniuk found it on a morning hike, propped up on a fence on Burning Tree Drive, near the Marin Country Club.
Obviously, at least one teenager panicked at the thought of having a convicted Ukrainian kingpin coming after them for his artwork.
The party, as we told you, was at a home belonging to imprisoned former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko, who is suspected of having embezzled up to $200 million from the Ukrainian government before fleeing the country in the mid-90s. He's also wanted back in the Ukraine in connection to the murders of a couple of high-profile officials. He ended up in a federal prison here in the U.S., and the Marin Independent Journal now updates us on his whereabouts: He's actually set to be released this November from a minimum-security prison near Los Angeles.Lithograph making fascinated Picasso and you can see a few of the prints, some of which were never intended for sale, at a London Gallery for the next few weeks.
Details of the print above: Femme au corsage à Fleurs (3rd State), 27 December 1958 Lithograph using crayon, wash drawing, drypoint and scraper on zinc, on Arches wove paper
Paper 74.3 x 54.9 cm / Plate 63.0 x 47.0 cm to 64.5 x 48.6 cm
Third and final state
Unique impression on grey Arches wove paper aside from the edition of 50 and six proofs reserved for the artist and printer
Mourlot catalogue reference 307
Bloch catalogue reference 847La Femme au Fauteuil No. 1 (d’après le rouge) 2e état, 13 December 1948
Lithograph making fascinated Picasso and you can see a few of the prints, some of which were never intended for sale at a London Gallery for the next few weeks.
I have always loved Picasso’s ability to create an image with a few lines. I once copied a drawing of his son, Paolo, and even after five attempts couldn’t get really close to what he had captured.
I lusted after one particular image in this exhibition but at £50,000 I will just have to make do with the image in the catalogue!