Tuesday, March 6, 2012

On March 6

On this day in ...
... 1997 (15 years ago today), a 1939 painting, Pablo Picasso's "Tête de Femme," was stolen from London's Lefevre Gallery by a gun-toting robber. The "impressionistic portrait of Picasso's Yugoslavian mistress Dora Maar," herself a painter and photographer (right), was recovered a week later, and a suspect arrested. At a 1998 trial a 70-year-old burglar who'd turned prosecution witness denied involvement in the snatch, commenting,"I am no Al Capone." (credit for cover of Mary Ann Caws' book Dora Maar with & without Picasso (2000))

(Prior March 6 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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