After a long battle, the Picasso tapestry "La Tricorne" will be removed from its place on the wall of The Four Seasons, where it has hung since 1959. The piece has been in limbo since a court blocked Seagram Building owner Aby Rosen from removing the 1919 artwork back in February, after the Landmarks Conservancy sued the Four Seasons on the grounds that a move would damage the tapestry. The Conservancy didn't believe that Rosen needed to repair the wall behind the work as he claimed, and said he wanted to replace the piece, which he supposedly called a "schmatte" (the Yiddish word for "rag"), with something more contemporary.
Whether that was true or not, Rosen has now agreed to pay for the removal and restoration of the $1.6 million tapestry, and to have it reinstalled in the Historical Society's Dexter Hall gallery. No word yet on what will fill the 20-foot tall gap left behind by the artwork.
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[Photo: The Four Seasons]