Museum Says Real Renoir Hangs in Chicago, Not Trump's NYC Home - NECN
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Museum Says Real Renoir Hangs in Chicago, Not Trump's NYC Home

The White House did not immediately respond to request for comment and a tweet sent to the president’s account was not responded to.

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Clear the Air
    Art Institute of Chicago
    Pierre Auguste-Renoir's "Two Sisters (On the Terrace)." The French impressionist's painting has been hanging in the Art Institute of Chicago for nearly 100 years, the museum confirmed Wednesday, despite a recent report that President Donald Trump claims to be in possession of the original.

    A famed impressionist painting has been hanging in the Art Institute of Chicago for nearly 100 years, the museum confirmed Wednesday, despite a recent report that President Donald Trump claims to be in possession of the original.

    French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s "Two Sisters (On the Terrace)," an oil on canvas painting depicting a young woman and a child surrounded by vegetation on a patio, has been part of the Art Institute’s collection since 1933, spokeswoman Amanda Hicks confirmed to NBC Chicago.

    In an interview on Vanity Fair’s podcast "The Hive," Trump biographer and Chicago native Tim O’Brien discussed the painting controversy. O’Brien wrote the 2005 book, “TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald,” which chronicles the now president’s empire as an entrepreneur and reality star.

    While working on the book several years ago, O’Brien accompanied Trump on his private jet on a trip to Los Angeles — where he first saw the painting hanging. When questioned about its authenticity, Trump insisted it was the real deal, O’Brien said.

    Trump 'Feels Terribly' For Kavanaugh

    [NATL] Trump 'Feels Terribly' For Kavanaugh

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday he "feels terribly" for Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family. The Senate is trying to schedule a hearing to hear from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party about 35 years ago.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018)

    "Donald, it's not. I grew up in Chicago, that Renoir is called 'Two Sisters on the Terrace,' and it’s hanging on a wall at the Art Institute of Chicago,” O’Brien recalled telling Trump. “That’s not an original.”

    Trump refused to yield his position, O’Brien said, so the biographer dropped the conversation and moved on to other topics.

    Years later, however, O’Brien noted to Vanity Fair the painting could be seen in the background of a “60 Minutes” interview in Trump’s New York City apartment after he was elected president in 2016.

    “I’m sure he’s still telling people who come into the apartment, ‘It’s an original, it’s an original,’” O’Brien said on the podcast.

    The White House did not immediately respond to request for comment and a tweet sent to the president’s account was not responded to.

    Hicks declined to comment on O’Brien’s reporting.

    'Late Night’: A Closer Look at Kavanaugh Accusation, Manafort Flip

    [NATL] 'Late Night’: A Closer Look at Kavanaugh Accusation, Manafort Flip

    Seth Meyers takes a closer look at President Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman flipping on him and the sexual assault allegations leveled against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018)

    The Renoir was given to the museum in 1933 by Annue Swan Corburn, who had bought it from Paul Durand-Ruel for $100,000. Ruel had acquired the piece from Renoir himself in 1881.

    Trump sued O’Brien in 2006 for defamation over the book but a superior court judge in New Jersey dismissed the suit in 2009. An appeals court affirmed that decision two years later.