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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
A tiny Renoir landscape with a romantic back story will be unveiled March 30 at the Baltimore Museum of Art - 62 years, four months and 14 days since it last was seen publicly. "The Renoir Returns" will reunite the 1879 painting "Paysage Bords de Seine" with more than 20 artworks from the collection of the Baltimore heiress Saidie May, who bequeathed her entire estate to the museum after her death in 1951. "We are thrilled to welcome this charming painting back to the museum, to reintroduce it to the people of Baltimore and to reunite it with the many masterpieces from Saidie May's collection," museum director Doreen Bolger said in a news release.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
A tiny Renoir landscape with a romantic back story will be unveiled March 30 at the Baltimore Museum of Art - 62 years, four months and 14 days since it last was seen publicly. "The Renoir Returns" will reunite the 1879 painting "Paysage Bords de Seine" with more than 20 artworks from the collection of the Baltimore heiress Saidie May, who bequeathed her entire estate to the museum after her death in 1951. "We are thrilled to welcome this charming painting back to the museum, to reintroduce it to the people of Baltimore and to reunite it with the many masterpieces from Saidie May's collection," museum director Doreen Bolger said in a news release.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2012
It was the art theft investigation that went nowhere. When a landscape painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art on Nov. 17, 1951, there were no newspaper headlines. The report filed by the Baltimore Police Department was a model of brevity, just 90 words long, including the notation of the artwork's value: $2,500. It's unlikely that the theft was reported to the FBI. And current museum director Doreen Bolger and her staff were dumbfounded when they learned in recent days that a theft had occurred there in 1951.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
The little Renoir landscape looks so modest and guileless and transparent that a casual observer never would guess at the secrets the painting hides. "Paysage Bords de Seine" depicts a river and bushes. On that summer day in 1879, a sailboat was skimming along the River Seine. There were trees and clouds. The light was abundant. Viewers even can see the unpainted canvas peeking out from the frame. That unconcealed quality is what struck senior painting conservator Mary Sebera when she examined the water view for the first time after it was returned to the Baltimore Museum of Art for good on Jan. 31 after a 62-year absence.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
The little Renoir landscape looks so modest and guileless and transparent that a casual observer never would guess at the secrets the painting hides. "Paysage Bords de Seine" depicts a river and bushes. On that summer day in 1879, a sailboat was skimming along the River Seine. There were trees and clouds. The light was abundant. Viewers even can see the unpainted canvas peeking out from the frame. That unconcealed quality is what struck senior painting conservator Mary Sebera when she examined the water view for the first time after it was returned to the Baltimore Museum of Art for good on Jan. 31 after a 62-year absence.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
A tiny water view painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is finally headed back to the city where a judge has ruled that it belongs — 62 years, one month and 24 days after it was reported stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art . During a hearing Friday, Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court in Eastern Virginia granted the museum's request to throw out Marcia "Martha" Fuqua's ownership claim for the 1879 artwork, "Paysage Bords de...
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
A court hearing Friday could determine the future of a small Renoir painting that was reported stolen 62 years ago from the Baltimore Museum of Art - while the artwork's clouded past is becoming even more of a mystery. U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema will hear arguments in her Alexandria, Va., courtroom to resolve an ownership dispute involving the 1879 pink and green landscape known as "Paysage Bords de Seine. The museum and a 51-year-old woman who once called herself "Renoir Girl" are seeking title to the oil painting on a linen napkin.
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February 4, 1992
Nick Leonard Bordes, retired president of a company that designs, builds and installs heavy electrical equipment, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Westminster. He was 74.Services for Mr. Bordes will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Pritts Funeral Home in Westminster.He retired in 1984 as president of the Electronic Power and Control Co., which he helped to found in 1971. Earlier, he had been director of engineering for the Wolfe and Mann Manufacturing Co. He worked for that company for more than 35 years, starting as a draftsman.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
A tiny landscape by Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir was returned to the Baltimore Museum of Art Friday afternoon - more than 62 years after the artwork mysteriously disappeared while it was on exhibition. FBI investigators drove to the museum on North Charles Street to personally hand over "Paysage Bords de Seine," museum spokeswoman Anne Mannix Brown said. The 1879 painting, which had been held for the past 16 months in a northern Virginia warehouse for safekeeping, immediately was whisked off to the conservation lab so that it can be examined for any necessary cleaning, stabilization measures, or repairs.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2012
A "lost" landscape thought to have been painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir will go on the auction block Sept. 29 on behalf of the Baltimore-born woman who purchased the artwork at a West Virginia flea market for $7. "Paysage Bords de Seine," a 6-inch by 10-inch canvas dating from about 1879, is expected to fetch $75,000 to $100,000, according to Anne Norton Craner, the fine arts specialist for the Potomack Company, the Alexandria, Va., auction house...
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
A tiny landscape by Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir was returned to the Baltimore Museum of Art Friday afternoon - more than 62 years after the artwork mysteriously disappeared while it was on exhibition. FBI investigators drove to the museum on North Charles Street to personally hand over "Paysage Bords de Seine," museum spokeswoman Anne Mannix Brown said. The 1879 painting, which had been held for the past 16 months in a northern Virginia warehouse for safekeeping, immediately was whisked off to the conservation lab so that it can be examined for any necessary cleaning, stabilization measures, or repairs.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
A tiny water view painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is finally headed back to the city where a judge has ruled that it belongs — 62 years, one month and 24 days after it was reported stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art . During a hearing Friday, Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court in Eastern Virginia granted the museum's request to throw out Marcia "Martha" Fuqua's ownership claim for the 1879 artwork, "Paysage Bords de...
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
A court hearing Friday could determine the future of a small Renoir painting that was reported stolen 62 years ago from the Baltimore Museum of Art - while the artwork's clouded past is becoming even more of a mystery. U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema will hear arguments in her Alexandria, Va., courtroom to resolve an ownership dispute involving the 1879 pink and green landscape known as "Paysage Bords de Seine. The museum and a 51-year-old woman who once called herself "Renoir Girl" are seeking title to the oil painting on a linen napkin.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2012
It was the art theft investigation that went nowhere. When a landscape painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art on Nov. 17, 1951, there were no newspaper headlines. The report filed by the Baltimore Police Department was a model of brevity, just 90 words long, including the notation of the artwork's value: $2,500. It's unlikely that the theft was reported to the FBI. And current museum director Doreen Bolger and her staff were dumbfounded when they learned in recent days that a theft had occurred there in 1951.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2012
A "lost" landscape thought to have been painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir will go on the auction block Sept. 29 on behalf of the Baltimore-born woman who purchased the artwork at a West Virginia flea market for $7. "Paysage Bords de Seine," a 6-inch by 10-inch canvas dating from about 1879, is expected to fetch $75,000 to $100,000, according to Anne Norton Craner, the fine arts specialist for the Potomack Company, the Alexandria, Va., auction house...
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February 4, 1992
Nick Leonard Bordes, retired president of a company that designs, builds and installs heavy electrical equipment, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Westminster. He was 74.Services for Mr. Bordes will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Pritts Funeral Home in Westminster.He retired in 1984 as president of the Electronic Power and Control Co., which he helped to found in 1971. Earlier, he had been director of engineering for the Wolfe and Mann Manufacturing Co. He worked for that company for more than 35 years, starting as a draftsman.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
Documents released this week as part of a battle in federal court to determine the ownership of a miniature Renoir landscape also provide intriguing glimpses into the life of Saidie A. May, a prolific art collector whose bequests helped the Baltimore Museum of Art build a world-class collection. The 1879 painting "Paysage Bords de Seine" was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951 and is now the subject of a dispute between the institution and a woman who says she bought it at a flea market decades later for $7. That painting was one of many family treasures May left to the museum or to friends and relatives before she died in 1951.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
The Baltimore Museum of Art has rebutted arguments that attempt to cast doubt on its claim that a tiny landscape painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir was stolen from the museum in 1951. The document filed Tuesday - known as a "reply" - is the most recent in a chain of filings concerning whether legal title to the 1879 landscape, "Paysage Bords de Seine" belongs to the museum or to a Virginia woman, Marcia "Martha" Fuqua, who said she bought the painting for $7 at a flea market without knowing its true value.
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