A federal judge has ordered that “On the Shore of the Seine” be returned to the Baltimore Museum of Art, which according to records was stolen from the museum in 1951. The legal battle over the artwork has torn siblings apart: In a deposition, Matt Fuqua raised questions about his sister’s claim that she bought the painting at a flea market.
This small painting by the French master Pierre-Auguste Renoir has been at the center of a legal battle between Martha Fuqua, 51, who says she bought the painting for $7 at a flea market, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, which reported the painting stolen decades ago. In sworn depositions in November, Matt Fuqua, 50, raised questions about his sister's claim. He said he told the attorneys deposing him, “My mother told Martha to ‘return the painting to its rightful owner — the museum — so all of this goes away.’ ” Martha Fuqua declined to comment to The Post. Potomack Company via AP Buy Photo