A jury has determined that a former art professor and her son should repay nearly $500,000 for selling forged paintings by the late artist Leon Golub, who depicted large-scale scenes of war, torture and oppression.
New Hampshire Public Radio reports the federal jury in Concord found for art collector Andrew Hall on Thursday. He sued Lorettann and Nikolas Gascard in 2016 over 17 paintings he acquired from them.
Lorettann Gascard had taught at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge and was a student of Golub's. The Gascards said the paintings were found rolled up in a relative's closet in Germany after her death.
Golub's studio assistant and a scholar on Golub described the works as likely frauds; the Gascards said they were authentic. Nikolas Gascard admitted he created titles and years of creation for the paintings before selling them.