Monday, August 26, 2013

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Tres Personajes, (Three People) 1970
Rufino Tamayo
Oil on Canvas 51" × 38"
(Please note this art is copyrighted and is to be used only as inspiration.)

I love the story behind this painting.  "Tres Personajes'' had been stolen in 1987 and was missing for almost 20 years. The painting's owners, a Houston couple, had purchased the painting at the Sotheby auction house in 1977 for $50,000. It later went missing from a storage facility in Texas.    Elizabeth Gibson, a resident of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, went out for a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning in 2003. She spotted a large painting poking out from among the garbage bags left on the sidewalk on West 72nd Street.  
She lugged the 4-foot-wide painting back to her apartment and hung it on the living room wall.

Thus began a lengthy and at times anguished journey to discover the Tamayo's history. Gibson said she contacted lawyers, art dealers and friends in an effort to determine whether the painting was anything special. Once she learned that Tamayo was among the most important and valuable Mexican artists -- and that her colorful painting with three abstract figures had illustrated the cover of a 1974 Tamayo monograph by journalist Emily Genauer -- she hid the painting in her closet, creating a false wall using plywood and a shower curtain.

In 2005, Gibson watched a PBS television program about missing artworks, part of the ``Antiques Roadshow'' series, that featured the Tamayo.  Sotheby's expert August Uribe, who hosted the segment, explained that ``Tres Personajes'' had been stolen and was missing.

On Nov. 20, 2007 the work's first public viewing since Elizabeth Gibson spied it in a mound of garbage on a Manhattan sidewalk.  It sold for over a Million Dollars.

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  1. Wonderful story behind that painting isn't it? Your bracelet is just as intriguing, very representational of the painting!

  2. your bracelet is lovely, I love the beads. Unfortunately though, i can't read the text, the font is too slanted and tiny.