Woman Who Found Stolen BMA Renoir Painting At Flea Market Revealed

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — New twists in an ongoing mystery over who owns a valuable painting that disappeared from the Baltimore Museum of Art nearly 60 years ago.

Alex DeMetrick reports the woman who says she bought it at a flea market for $7 is not who she originally claimed to be.

Renoir painted a landscape on the banks of the Seine in 1879. In the 1920s, Baltimore collector Sadie Mae bought it, eventually displaying it at the Baltimore Museum of Art. It later vanished.

“The painting was last seen on view at the museum in 1951,” said Doreen Bolger, BMA Director.

Until last year, when a woman who would only say she was from Baltimore claimed to have bought it at a flea market for $7.

“I noticed the frame on this picture and I liked the frame. I bid $7 and I won the box,” the woman said.

It turns out that woman actually lives down the road in Virginia, and court records say she is Marcia Martha Fuqua.

The FBI is investigating ownership and according to the Washington Post, Fuqua wrote the FBI saying she is an “innocent owner,” meaning she had no knowledge of the painting’s value.

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