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Rosen’s “dislike” for Picasso behind removal: suit

February 07, 2014 09:08AM

Aby Rosen’s plans to remove a Pablo Picasso painting from the Four Seasons Restaurant lobby at the Seagram Building may be in jeopardy. A new lawsuit seeks to block the removal of the “Le Tricorne” painting, claiming that removal could damage the painting permanently and that it was being carried out due to Rosen’s dislike of the masterpiece.

The limestone wall behind the artwork is in desperate need of repairs, according to Rosen’s RFR Holding, Which Owns The 375 Park Avenue tower. But the New York Landmarks Conservancy, which filed the suit in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday, said that Rosen’s claim that the wall needs repairs are simply an excuse to allow him to get rid of a painting he despises.

“Mr. Rosen has previously referred to the Picasso curtain as a schmatte, the Yiddish word for rag,” the lawsuit states, according to DNAinfo. “The sole basis for RFR and Mr. Rosen’s insistence that the Picasso curtain be removed is Mr. Rosen’s own admitted dislike of the Picasso curtain.”

Though the Four Seasons’ interior was granted landmark status in 1989, the Picasso in question was left off the designation because it was owned separately and could therefore be moved. RFR didn’t respond to the website’s requests for comment. [DNAinfo]  – Hiten Samtani

  • no-permits

    it’s ridiculous that people can’t see through this. it’s about the value of the painting!

    • HughGass

      it’s about negotiating over a lease renewal

      • no-permits

        that makes sense, but it’s still about the value of the painting.

        • Curious

          What part of this is about the value of the painting?

    • Artist Patti

      It seems this is another case of Jew trashing in Latinos eye’s by the media. After all, Picasso was Spanish. But remember, to get ‘the look’ for his public photos, Picasso needed incense burned, unlike the French. Wasn’t it just recently that NYC shafted Harvard educated Starr when appointing the 70yr. old Puerto Rican woman instead? I can’t wait to see what surfaces next!

      Do like the Guernica by Picasso, though.

  • Oouch

    It’s not a painting. It’s a backdrop from the Ballet Rouse. It is a stage set. That’s why its value last assessed at $1.6M. If it were an oil painting, tack a couple of zeroes onto that. That said, it looks like an old stage set sketch more than a full blown realized oil painting by Picasso.

    • Curious

      If it’s not a painting, how is the color applied to the fabric?

  • alyce1213

    It’s a Picasso. Rosen is a troglodyte.

  • Picasso’s Le Tricorne curtain saved #Diaghilev’s BalletsRusses from financial ruin in 1926. #Diaghilev, longtime friends with #Picasso from their days in Montmare, was forced to sell the curtain to pay his dancer’s salaries and the new upcoming Ballets Russes’ season. The curtain is a part of art, dance and design history. Oouch is correct, it is not a “painting” is a painted tapestry or curtain that was a back drop for the #ballet Le Tricorne choreographed by Leonide Massine with music by Manuel de Falla commissioned by Sergei #Diaghilev. The story is derived from the novella by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón. Digahilev was on tour in Seville and saw Flamenco dancing for the first time and he hired Felix Fernandez, a Flamenco dancer, to help to create the ballet along with Massine. All of the sets and costumes were created by Pablo #Picasso. It premiered on July 22, 1919 at the Alhambra Theatre in #London. The largest Le Tricorne collection of costume and set sketches is in the National Museum of Picasso in Paris – it is reopening in June after a 5 year renovation.

  • Picasso’s costume drawings on the cover of the Le Tricorne ballet’s London Alhambra Theatre program from July 1919.