Paris police retrieve Picasso's lost tart

8th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 8 (AFP) - French police have recovered a painting by Pablo Picasso which disappeared a year ago from a workshop belonging to the Pompidou Centre in Paris, officials said Friday.

PARIS, April 8 (AFP) - French police have recovered a painting by Pablo Picasso which disappeared a year ago from a workshop belonging to the Pompidou Centre in Paris, officials said Friday.

"Nature morte a la charlotte," a small Cubist work completed in 1924, was last seen in the workshop where it was being restored in January last year, and its disappearance was reported in May.

After a tip-off police traced the painting - valued at EUR 2.5 million (USD 3.2 dollars) - to a house in the Paris suburb of Antony, where it had been hidden behind a wardrobe.

The work - a still-life in shades of brown and blue centred round a tart on a plate - was handed over Friday to the president of the Pompidou Centre, Bruno Racine.

Friday was the 32nd anniversary of Picasso's death.

© AFP

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