Paris, 15 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
There have been new developments today in the case concerning Picasso’s former electrician, accused of stealing works by the Spanish master. With their new defence lawyer Charles-Étienne Gudin, Le Guennec and his wife are changing their defence strategy.
According to Le Parisien, the couple’s lawyer will question the legitimacy of the painter’s three children, who initiated the case against the electrician for concealment in 2010. The three children were born out of wedlock and it is only since 1972 that children born out of wedlock have the same rights as legitimate children. The strategy is thus to contest their legitimacy.
According to Jean Jacques Neuer, the lawyer of the Picasso Administration, the company in charge of the painter’s rights, this attack “will probably not achieve anything.” The relationship between Picasso and his children was not always harmonious – towards the end of the artist’s life they rarely saw each other and he made no will.
The other major case at the moment concerns Picasso’s driver who, according to Mr Gudin, “is not definitely linked to the Le Guennec case.”