The Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro has recovered a stolen painting by the Brazilian modernist painter Tarsila do Amaral entitled Sol poente and which has a value of 250 million reais, about 48 million euros. The work belonged to an elderly multimillionaire and was stolen by a gang of swindlers headed by the woman’s own 82-year-old daughter. She also had other paintings, jewelry and cash stolen from her. There are four detainees. According to the Police, the old woman’s daughter faked a terminal illness and swindled her with the help of a false seer, convincing her that she should receive spiritual treatment that she had to pay for. It all started in January 2020. That turned into extortion when the old woman discovered the false seer and her daughter fired the domestic employees to isolate her. The recovered painting was found under the bed of one of the detainees. Also by Di Cavalcanti Most of the theft was of works of art, with paintings by Tarsila do Amaral (1886-1973) and Di Cavalcanti (1897-1976), three of them valued at 300 million reais (about 58 million euros) and recovered in a gallery in Sao Paulo. to the family (owner),” the authorities indicated. Sol poente, from 1929, is part of the phase known as “anthropophagous” of the artist’s work, which is characterized by the strong colors of figures from her imaginary with dreams and childhood memories.
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