Saturday, 29 August 2009

Iraqi 'Picasso'

Is this painting bad enough to be a Picasso? Iraq police collared a man trying to sell The Naked Woman as a genuine Picasso for $450,000 (£275,800). It may have been stolen from Kuwait during Iraq's invasion of the country in 1990. Of course this tale could be the Iraqi version of "It fell off the back of a lorry, guv". Experts are sceptical of the authenticity of the painting, because no record of it has been found. It looks like a fake to me, but a better photo would help. It certainly has been damaged by being folded, but that's no guarantee of a genuine artwork having been stolen. Anyone can fold a fake.


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