Melissa Block talks to Ian Shapira of The Washington Post. He reported that the Renoir painting found at a flea market — and purchased for $7 — was actually stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art more than 60 years ago.
Turns out that a Renoir painting purchased for $7 in West Virginia wasn't just lost — it was stolen. Documents show it vanished from a Baltimore museum six decades ago. Its planned auction has been put on hold, and the FBI is investigating.
Newsprint is both the medium and the message in the "Shock of the News" exhibit currently on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The show examines a century's worth of interaction between artists and the journals of their day.
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