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Original French cubist painting switched with forgery


Photograph of and link to "La Boite à Chapeau Polychrome" paingin by artist Fernand Léger

It wasn't until the painting "La Boite à Chapeau Polychrome" was formally reappraised this past December that the crime came to light. Someone had switched a forgery for this extraordinary painting by artist Fernand Léger (1881-1955), a major figure in the development of cubism and proponent of "machine art."

Now reported by the Lake County, Illinois, Sheriff's Office as stolen, information is sought that might lead to recovery of the painting. This large canvas measures 73 x 92 cm (or approximately 29 x 36 inches).

Please contact your local law enforcement agency with any information you might have about the painting.

Link: FBI Art Theft program