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Performing electrical work at the home of Pablo Picasso's wife's home in the early 70's leads to a trial over the ownership of over 200 artworks of the deceased artist.

Pierre Le Guennec, now 77, worked for several years at the Picasso couple's villa in the French Riviera town of Mougins.

He argued at the trial that he was given the artworks by Jacqueline Picasso upon her husband's death at 91 in 1973, which sparked a succession feud between her and her son-in-law, Claude.

Without the explicit details from the trial, offhand, this brings into question how mutually beneficial trade between consenting adults can be brought into question, posthumously, forty years after the fact.

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For 128 years, bug stuck in Van Gogh’s painting went unnoticed

A novel way to indirectly put the question of does life imitate art or does art imitate life.

“But just go and sit outdoors, painting on the spot itself!” Vincent wrote. “Then all sorts of things like the following happen — I must have picked up a good hundred flies and more off the 4 canvases that you’ll be getting, not to mention dust and sand ... when one carries a team of them across the heath and through hedgerows for a few hours, the odd branch or two scrapes across them....”

Only in this case, it was a grasshopper—and it didn't get picked off.

A team of curators, conservators and outside scientists had been doing more research on the 104 French paintings in the Nelson’s collection. Conservator Mary Schafer was looking at the oil painting under magnification when she discovered the grasshopper.


Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “Olive Trees” includes part of a small grasshopper embedded in the paint in the lower foreground. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Perhaps the abstract surrealism of this was embedded in the final rendering of this article.

Casual visitors looking at “Olive Trees” in the museum’s Bloch Galleries will not notice the grasshopper.

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Do We All See the Woman Holding an iPhone in This 1860 Painting?


A closer look at “The Expected One,” a painting by 19th century Austrian artist Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller.


The image has been doctored to include a cone of light thrown off the woman’s “phone.”

Apparently, this girl's prayerbook is providing her with an unusual source of illumination.

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