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Va. woman behind mystery Renoir painting revealed

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- An anonymous woman who claimed to have found a Renoir painting at a flea market has been unmasked in court papers as she fights to retain it.

It turned out the painting was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951. When a theft report was found in September, the FBI seized the painting. Now a federal judge in Alexandria will determine who owns it.

The Washington Post ( ) reports the woman who called herself "Renoir Girl" is Marcia "Martha" Fuqua of Lovettsville, Va., a former physical education teacher.

Her mother, Marcia Fouquet, is an artist who has studied pieces by Renoir. A man who said he's Fuqua's brother said the painting was found in their mother's art studio, not a flea market. Then he changed his story.


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