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Now’s Your Chance to See the “Flea-Market Renoir” In Person (Please Don’t Steal It)

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If it weren’t for all the Hollywood-style drama surrounding it, the little Renoir landscape would probably never be the centerpiece of a big museum show. It’s small and not particularly important (although it still is, of course, a Renoir). But we’ll be one of the people lining up to see it later this month when it goes on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the same place it was stolen from more than 60 years ago.

Judge Awards Stolen Renoir to the BMA

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We just received the following statement from the Baltimore Museum of Art regarding the stolen Renoir:

The Baltimore Museum of Art is pleased that the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia has awarded ownership of the stolen Renoir painting, On the Shore of the Seine, to the Museum.

For more information on this story, read Fate of Mysterious Renoir to be Decided Today

Fate of Mysterious “Flea Market Renoir” to be Decided Today

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Pending an appeal, we look forward to celebrating the painting’s homecoming with a special installation in the galleries in late March.

The saga of the flea market Renoir — the small painting that a Baltimore woman allegedly bought for $7 before discovering that it was actually by the Impressionist master — will close another chapter soon, as a judge hears arguments from the two sides that claim ownership of the napkin-sized work.

The Flea Market Renoir Plot Thickens

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I remember when I thought the story of the flea market Renoir (previously covered here, here, and here) was like something out of a romantic comedy:  a lady out browsing flea markets on a Sunday morning buys a box of junk for $7, only to discover that the small painting she purchased is actually by an Impressionist master. But now that more details about the woman and her story are coming out, it’s sounding as though the film version would be less like a romantic comedy, and more like a film noir. Nothing, it appears, is as it seems.

Details Emerge About the Mysterious “Renoir Girl”

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For a few months now, all we knew about the mysterious “Renoir Girl” was that she had stumbled upon a painting by the Impressionist Master in a $7 box of “junk” she bought at a West Virginia flea market. Now, thanks to some industrious sleuthing by the Washington Post, we know who she is — and that her story isn’t as clear-cut as it previously seemed.

Flea Market Renoir Reignites Family’s Feud with BMA

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The story of the flea market Renoir — the small painting by the Impressionist master that was bought at a West Virginia flea market for $7 — at first seemed so happy, like something out of a romantic comedy. But of course, things are much more complicated than that… and it seems that the discovery that the painting was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art has re-opened all sorts of old wounds, including tales of filched Rembrandts and a Goucher College dean’s thefts from the BMA. It’s also reignited the feud between heiress/art collector/BMA benefactor Saidie May and her major benefactee, the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The Potomack Company Gives Its Version of Events in the Stolen Renoir Story

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All the world was atwitter last month when it a Baltimore native’s $7 flea market find turned out to be a Renoir.  Now we learn that it is perhaps a stolen Renoir and an FBI investigation is on.

One of our faithful readers forwarded to us the email, below, sent by the Potomack Company, the Virginia-based auction house that had planned to sell the painting over the weekend, to all subscribers to its email blasts. 

Flea Market Renoir Was Stolen from Baltimore Museum of Art — And the BMA Wants it Back

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When a story is too good to be true, alas, it often is. Earlier this month, we told you about the Baltimore native who bought a painting at a West Virginia flea market that turned out to be an authentic Renoir. The painting, “On the Shore of the Seine,” was authentic all right — and also authentically stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art back in 1951.

Baltimore Native Buys Lost Renoir for $7 at a Flea Market, Initially Tries to Destroy It

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This kind of thing doesn’t ever really happen, does it? A Baltimore native, currently living in Virginia, bought a painting by Renoir at a flea market a couple years ago — for seven dollars. And she didn’t even want it. What she really wanted were the plastic cow and the Paul Bunyan doll. But she had to buy the whole box of stuff together, and the painting was included.

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