A deceased jewish couple from New Mexico appears to have been the culprits who stole a work of “modern art” nearly 33 years ago, which is now valued at $160 million.
According to the Smithsonian Magazine:
It was the day after Thanksgiving 1985 when the couple arrived at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. Both were wrapped in thick winter coats—hers red, his blue. It was just after opening, and as the woman began chatting with a security guard, the man slipped away to the second floor. Less than 10 minutes passed before the couple hastily departed in a rust-colored car. With them went the museum’s prized painting—Willem de Kooning’s 1955 “Woman-Ochre,” then valued at $400,000 and now worth an estimated $160 million.
Thirty-two years later, “Woman-Ochre” resurfaced in a surprising locale: behind the door of a recently deceased couple’s New Mexico bedroom. No one knew how the painting had ended up in the hands of Jerry and Rita Alter—a retired professional musician-turned-band teacher and speech pathologist, respectively—and the couple was no longer around to provide an explanation. But, Anne Ryman reports for the Arizona Republic, a newly discovered photograph from that Thanksgiving of 1985 may be the key to solving the three-decade mystery.
According to Ryman, Rita’s nephew Ron Roseman, executor of the pair’s estate, chanced upon the snapshot while sorting through family photo albums. The picture finds Jerry and Rita sitting side-by-side, enjoying dessert at a relative’s Tucson, Arizona, home alongside their adult son and an array of other family members.
Juxtaposed with the composite sketch released by law enforcement following the theft, the couple’s resemblance to the culprits is striking. Jerry’s glasses mirror those of the male suspect, and his dark hair, albeit straight rather than curled, is cut in the same shape. Rita’s hair, too, matches that of the female suspect, whose reddish-blonde hair reached just past her shoulders. Perhaps most importantly, the photo places the Alters in Tucson, home of the University of Arizona museum, one day before the heist.
This development shouldn’t surprise anyone – Jews have been up their eyeballs in the great Modern Art swindle from the beginning. It has been mostly jewish art dealers and collectors foisting ugly and demoralizing “art” on the unsuspecting public. And Willem de Koonig was one of those talentless artists that they made millions off of.
At the end of his life, de Koonig continued to paint even though he suffered from Alzheimers – and dealers still sell those paintings. Ironically, you can’t tell the difference between de Koonig’s “masterpieces” and his Alzheimer’s paintings. That’s modern art in a nutshell.
In reality, de Koonig’s worthless and ugly paintings – and most other modern art – belong on the walls of middle class jewish homes, like the Alters’, not in reputable museums of art.