Visual arts

The art world (and much of the rest of us) has been riveted by the ongoing saga of an 1879 depiction of the River Seine that Renoir is said to have painted on a linen napkin for his mistress. When the federal court entered the fray in March, there were multiple claimants for the artwork. That list has since been whittled to two: the Baltimore Museum of Art, which reported the oil painting stolen in 1951, and a Virginia woman who says she bought the painting in about 2009 at a flea market. Earlier this month, the museum asked U.S. District Court Judge Leonie M. Brinkema to throw out Marcia "Martha" Fuqua's ownership bid. Her attorney filed a response contesting the motion, and arguments in the case are expected in January.

( AFPGetty Images / September 27, 2012 )

The art world (and much of the rest of us) has been riveted by the ongoing saga of an 1879 depiction of the River Seine that Renoir is said to have painted on a linen napkin for his mistress. When the federal court entered the fray in March, there were multiple claimants for the artwork. That list has since been whittled to two: the Baltimore Museum of Art, which reported the oil painting stolen in 1951, and a Virginia woman who says she bought the painting in about 2009 at a flea market. Earlier this month, the museum asked U.S. District Court Judge Leonie M. Brinkema to throw out Marcia "Martha" Fuqua's ownership bid. Her attorney filed a response contesting the motion, and arguments in the case are expected in January.

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