‘Renoir Girl’ Identified

    An art shopper looks closely at a 5.5 inch by 6.6 inch (14 centimeter by 23 centimeter) painting by French Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir September 25, 2012 in Alexandria, Virginia. The painting was recently discovered for just a few dollars at a Virgina flea market sale. The canvas which shows a scene along the Seine River titled "Paysage Bords de Seine" is scheduled to be auctioned September 29, 2012 at the Potomack Company, in Alexandria, Virginia, selling for an expected 75,000 to 100,000 USD. It was for sale in a box with a plastic cow and a Paul Bunyan doll  for 50.00 USD and still carries a label from the Berheim-Jeune arthouse in Paris, a famous purveyor of works by Renoir.   AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GettyImages)

    Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting found by Marcia “Martha” Fuqua. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty)

    The woman who claimed to have stumbled upon a Renoir painting in a $7 box of trinkets at a Virginia flea market has been revealed to be Marcia “Martha” Fuqua, a former PE teacher who runs a driving school. She had to reveal her name because she’s fighting with the FBI for ownership of the painting, which turns out to have been stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951. It’s still unclear who stole the painting and how it ended up at a flea market, if Fuqua’s account holds up. It turns out Fuqua may have more artistic knowledge than she suggested—her mother was an artist who specialized in reproducing art, including Renoirs—and her brother initially told The Washington Post that she’d found it in their mother’s studio.

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