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Brazilian Police Discover Tarsila do Amaral Masterwork Below Thief’s Mattress

Brazilian Police Discover Tarsila do Amaral Masterwork Below Thief’s Mattress

Brazilian Police Find Tarsila do Amaral Masterwork Under Thief’s Bed

Brazilian police earlier this week found a masterpiece by famend Brazilian modernist painter Tarsila do Amaral underneath the mattress of a thief whose Rio de Janeiro residence they had been tossing. Amaral’s well-known 1929 Sol poente (Setting Solar), valued at roughly 300 reais ($59 million), was discovered stashed alongside a trove of different extremely beneficial works beneath the mattress of Gabriel Nicolau Traslaviña Hafliger, one in every of three individuals suspected of bilking an aged widow out of the items on the behest of her daughter, who employed the trio to pose as Candomblé non secular employees.

The entire worth of the cache was estimated at about $140 million. Among the many sixteen stolen works are two others by Amaral—Pont Neuf, 1923, and O sono (Sleep), 1928—in addition to work by Cícero Dia, Antônio Dias, Di Cavalcanti, Rubens Gerchman, llya Glazunov, Alberto Guignard, Kao Chien-Fu, Kao Chi-Feng, Michel Macreau, and Emeric Marcier. A video circulating on social media exhibits the police coming throughout Sol poente. “Nicely, properly, properly—look what we now have right here!” exclaims one officer because the work is retrieved from beneath a slatted mattress body. “Fucking hell!” blurts one other because the portray’s wrapping is eliminated.

Based on a police report, the investigation that led to the bust adopted on a rip-off launched in early 2020 by the eighty-two-year-old sufferer’s daughter, who engaged Hafliger, his mom, and one other individual in an effort to half the widow from the works amassed by her art-dealer husband. A number of of the stolen works had been provided on the market: The Latin American Artwork Museum of Buenos Aires is alleged to have purchased two of the work, whereas three others had been provided to an unnamed artwork gallery in São Paulo. At current, the daughter is in custody, as are Hafliger, his mom, and one other con artist; warrants are out for 2 different people believed to have been concerned within the scheme.


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