Missing Picasso painting spotted in former Philippines first lady’s home after her son’s election victory

It is not yet clear if the painting is genuine.

A lost painting by Pablo Picasso was recently discovered in the home of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos as she celebrated her son’s presidential victory. According New York Postthe glimpse of Picasso’s Femme Couche VI (Reclining Woman VI), or a replica, was seen on a local station news segment tv patrol after Ferdinand “The Bongbong” Marcos Jr. became the country’s next president in a landslide victory.

Imelda Marcos, the widow of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was filmed hugging her son in the footage, which also sees Picasso’s apparently lost masterpiece hanging on a wall behind them. However, it is not yet clear if the painting is genuine.

New York Post reported that a former official of the country’s Presidential Commission for Good Government (PCGG) – which was created to investigate and recover the Marcos family’s ill-gotten wealth – said the painting was one of approximately 160 works of art allegedly illegally acquired by the Marcos family during his reign of more than 20 years.

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But according to The GuardianRubén Carranza, former PCGG commissioner, said it is not clear if the painting was genuine because Ms. Marcos had a habit of buying fake paintings, as well as lending fake paintings for display.

The Picasso was supposed to have been seized by the government in 2014. However, another former PCGG commissioner, Andrés Bautista, reported that the abstract painting, depicting a woman reclining on a sofa with one hand to the front, turned up in a 2019 documentary about the Marcos family, ‘The Kingmaker’, before he disappeared while the task force searched for him. Bautista revealed that in the documentary the former first lady of the Philippines flaunted the painting, along with other rare antiques and works of art in her collection.

Now, according to The Guardian, the painting’s unexpected appearance has added to fears that the family will use their now-increased power to brazenly stifle further efforts to recapture ill-gotten wealth. It is worth mentioning that during the rule of Ferdinand Marcos, the dictator committed impressive human rights abuses, including the arrest, torture and murder of his opponent, and even used his power to seize up to $10 billion in ill-gotten wealth. .

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Marcos Jr, on the other hand, has downplayed or denied the abuse that occurred in the country under his father’s rule. Now, as president, he would have the power to appoint the commissioners of the PCGG, which would give him great influence over the body that was created to recover the wealth of the family.

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