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Va. Woman Behind Mystery Renoir Painting Revealed

5:22 AM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - An anonymous woman who claimed last year to have found a Renoir painting at a flea market has been unmasked in court papers as she fights to retain the painting.

It turned out the painting was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951. When a theft report was found in September, the FBI seized the painting. Now a federal judge in Alexandria will determine who owns it.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/16u6847 ) reports the mystery "Renoir Girl" is Marcia "Martha" Fuqua of Lovettsville, Va. She's a former physical education teacher.

Her mother, Marcia Fouquet, is an artist who has studied pieces by Renoir. A man who said he's Fuqua's brother said the painting was found in their mother's art studio, not a flea market. Then he changed his story.

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