Pierre-Auguste Renoir's painting "On the Shore of the Seine" hangs at the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore. AP/Patrick Semansky
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A tiny Renoir painting has returned home to a gallery in the Baltimore Museum of Art nearly 63 years after it was stolen and then kept mysteriously hidden for decades until it resurfaced in 2012 .The Renoir became the subject of a dramatic legal dispute involving the FBI, the woman who said she found the painting, an insurance company's rights to the artwork and the intentions of Saidie May, an art collector who bought the painting in Paris in 1925 and lent it to the Baltimore museum. May later gave more than 800 artworks to the museum, including many when she died. When the painting returned to the museum this year, it needed only a light surface cleaning.A special exhibition on view through July 20 in Baltimore reunites the Renoir with more than 20 other artworks from May's collection, which helped shape the museum's modern art holdings.The museum would be open to lending it to other museums as well, even though it has been swiped once before.
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