The Portrait of Dora Maar, a 1938 painting, also known as Bust of Woman (Dora Maar), representing one of the painter’s muses, has just been found by a Dutch art expert, Arthur Brand. The painting, estimated today at 25 million dollars, which was part of the private collection of Picasso until his death, was stolen in 1999 on the yacht of a Saudi Sheikh in the port of Antibes, on the Côte d’Azur in France.
After twenty years of research, art collectors thought they would never see this painting again until a Dutch expert Arthur Brand, nicknamed the Indiana Jones of art found it.
Passed from hand-to-hand in the underground economy of drugs and arms sales, the painting had changed ownership a dozen times.
In 2015 Arthur Brand had already found in Germany the two bronze horses made by Josef Thorak, one of the official sculptors of the Third Reich, which adorned the entrance to Hitler’s Chancellery in Berlin, which had disappeared after the fall from the wall. In November 2018, he found and restored to the Cypriot authorities, an exceptional Byzantine mosaic, fragment of one of the frescoes stolen from churches in Cyprus after the Turkish invasion in 1974.