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muriel_volestrangler

(101,261 posts)
Wed Aug 10, 2022, 05:55 PM Aug 2022

Brazilian Police Discover $59.1 M. Stolen Painting Beneath Bed Amid Sprawling Investigation

Police in Brazil found a major work by Tarsila do Amaral, one of the country’s most important modern artists, beneath a bed on Wednesday during an investigation into a group of stolen artworks.

The do Amaral painting is said to be worth 300 million reias, or $59.1 million. It is one of 16 paintings that police said were pilfered during an operation that ultimately involved 709 million reias ($139 million) worth of art, not counting the jewelry and cash that were also stolen.

According to local police statements, the theft was the result of an extended con masterminded by the daughter of a woman in Rio de Janeiro. Infobae identified the mother as Genevieve Boghici, an 82-year-old woman that was once married to Jean Boghici, a late Brazilian dealer who amassed a significant collection.

Using a clairvoyant, the daughter, who was not named, allegedly made Boghici believe she was sick and compelled her to make a series of payments during the course of a kind of “spiritual work” treatment involving a purported Afro-Brazilian priestess, police said.

Police said that Boghici eventually became suspicious of their ruse, and when she tried to stop making payments, she was confined to her home, threatened, beaten, and ultimately robbed. While Boghici was out of the house, her daughter allegedly relied on the help of accomplices to steal the paintings. Police claimed that the daughter had fired domestic workers in order to ensure that the heist would be possible.

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/brazil-police-stolen-paintings-tarsila-do-amaral-1234636382/
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Brazilian Police Discover $59.1 M. Stolen Painting Beneath Bed Amid Sprawling Investigation (Original Post) muriel_volestrangler Aug 2022 OP
A bad drawing of a Brontosaurus? 3Hotdogs Aug 2022 #1
It's absurd, isn't it? DavidDvorkin Aug 2022 #2
Let me know when someone's willing to pay $50 million for your grandkids picture ZonkerHarris Aug 2022 #3
I guess it was long ago, maybe three years gone by, 3Hotdogs Aug 2022 #5
CBS News did an article on Tarsila do Amaral in 2018, when there was a show of her work at MoMA ... Princess Turandot Aug 2022 #4

ZonkerHarris

(24,201 posts)
3. Let me know when someone's willing to pay $50 million for your grandkids picture
Wed Aug 10, 2022, 07:03 PM
Aug 2022

Let me know when someone’s willing to pay $50 million for your grandkids picture
That’s the test

3Hotdogs

(12,319 posts)
5. I guess it was long ago, maybe three years gone by,
Wed Aug 10, 2022, 08:08 PM
Aug 2022

There was a photo on DU of a modern art painting with value estimated at a couple,a $m.

I honked on it and got blowback from the resident art critics…, I didn’t appreciate culture, don’t know what I’m talking…

Me: “if it didn’t have x’s name on it, would you pay $50.00 to buy it and hang in your living room?”


Art Critic: “ …… (crickets)……”

Princess Turandot

(4,786 posts)
4. CBS News did an article on Tarsila do Amaral in 2018, when there was a show of her work at MoMA ...
Wed Aug 10, 2022, 07:18 PM
Aug 2022

The stolen painting is one of several images included, so I assume that the theft happened after that. This painting and another that they show are listed as being from a "Private collection"; the others were safe in museum collections. I don't particularly like the paintings of humans, but I like some of the others. (They were painted much earlier than you might think when looking at them.)

They note that her 'work inspired a Brazilian art movement called "anthropofagia," or cannibalism'.

Tarsila and the birth of Brazilian Modern Art

Glad they caught the crook-daughter. So much for filial piety!

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