Review of the specifics of the pilot's story.
The pilot’s military documents confirm his story as to the date, time frame, location, and types of missions done - meaning he was a combat fighter pilot based near Barcelona. He flew missions back and forth from Paris to this base. He was a decorated pilot that handled intelligence missions.
Pilot's Military Background
Pilot’s name and signature
The name Ann appears pretty clear on the bottom of the painting along with the pilot's last name. The pilot's signature on military documents from that time show a resemblance to the image on the painting - and it pains me not to reveal his actual first name and the family's last name - because - truly - it is obvious...
Pilot’s Travel documents in 1947
Passports and inoculations confirm the period of time that the pilot stated he was travelling during 1947.
Travel Documents 1947
Photograph slide from 1954
Set of photo slides found by son in 1991 of him as a young boy in 1954 on which one of the slides had a partial view of the painting in background sent in for examination - and documentation of expert stating it seemed authentic and its existence showed that the painting existed prior to the 1955 drawing.
Evaluation of pigments showed that the materials used were consistent with material used prior to the 1950’s - more importantly - that lack of titanium white and organic pigments was determined to be nearly impossible after 1950.
Carbon dating of canvas
Carbon date of canvas showed to be very old - but more specifically lacked nuclear material found in atmosphere after 1950.
Picasso Signature evaluation
Affidavit of Curator’s evaluation as to the authentication of Picasso’s signature on the painting. (worth noting - no other expert commented on this or made any mention to discredit the authenticity of the signature)
Dr. Preisner Evaluation
Size of the painting
The painting measures 70cm x 60cm. The Indian Ink drawing (per the Picasso Museum) measures 43cm x 35cm. The St Denis drawing measures 65cm x 60cm. These dimensions were sent in letters from the museums in the 1980’s per the request of the pilot. Take a look at the different variations when placed on top of each other...
Variations of Images
Date on the painting
The date on the painting says 10-3-47. Clearly, legibly, with proper size and spacing - meaning it looks proportionate. The date on the St. Denis drawing says 10-8-55, The 10-8 is clearly visible and matches up very closely to the 10-3 in the painting - but it is clearly an 8 not a 3. The 55 is disproportionate, further away, with a large space and distinctly larger than the other numbers - it looks odd.
Oil Painting - 1947
Magazine Print - 1955
Common Printed Poster
Indian Ink Drawing at St. Denis
- the image sent from the Museum comes out fuzzy when trying to enlarge...