The discovery of more than 270 undocumented works by Pablo Picasso has thrown the art world into turmoil and raised numerous questions of ownership.
A retired French electrician, Pierre Le Guennec who used to work for Picasso, says they were a gift from the great artist’s wife in the 1970s. He also explained why he had decided to reveal them now.
“It’s because I had a few operations and I thought that perhaps it’s time to do something about the art so that there won’t be any problems for my children because people will ask where it came from. And it is coming from me because I worked for the Monsieur for years and I was with the Monsieur until his final days,” said Le Guennec.
Picasso was a prolific artist but his estate does not believe so many works would have been given away to one person. Police have confiscated the drawings worth over 60 million euros and are investigating allegations of theft.