Picasso's family say that he would never have made that kind of gift to one person.
We can't libel the electrician, so let's have no 'he's obviously a crook' comments please, but if it's true it must be the biggest 'thanks for doing a good job' tip the world has ever known, mustn't it?
I think it unlikely. However, I seem to remember reading somewhere that Picasso was notoriously tight, but valued his work at considerably less than it later became worth.
I should say that, in the past, I have been given Paintings in lieu of rent.
One was an old Icon, given me by the daughter of a prominent Barrister. Some years later, he rang me, asking if I knew the whereabouts of the Icon, which was one of the few things that his parents had managed to bring out of Russia with them when they fled, I told him that I had it and although he offered money, I gave it back.
One of my Flatmates, who later became Chairman of Christies, had valued it as ~ "More suitably kept in a Bank Vault". I also have 3 other pictures, by Artists, who failed to achieve fame of any kind, but are redolent with memories.
This story just confirms how little I know about art/artists as I always assumed that Picasso was from another century(possibly 17th/18th or even older)certainly not dying only 40 years ago.I wouldn't have thought that an artist might hand over this amount of their work,but as spider9 said "We cannot possibly know how his mind worked" and I would hope that if Mr Le Guennec is made to stand trial then a court might also reach a similar conclusion.
I'd better get my felt tips out - I've just had done: 6 New DoubleSockets fitted - 6 Picasso Wiring check - 3 Picasso New consumer unit - 5 Picasso 1 New lightswitch - ? Picasso New Outside light - ? Picasso
who freely gives away their art to any that take an interest - I own several such pieces - maybe in years to come their family may not see that the artist would have given away their works - but the majority of 'great' artists do not see their work as anything special and to what is a masterpiece to some is 'well' to others. I'm afraid I have been around the Picasso Museum in Malaga and found it very hard to keep a straight face.