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Mary Hemingway's Murky Claim of "Ownership" Of Miro's "The Farm"
Hemingway biographers Michael Reynolds and Carlos Baker have both clearly documented the fact that Ernest Hemingway bought this painting as a gift for his first wife, Hadley Richardson. She legally owned it, then and always. However, at some point during Hemingway's and fourth wife Mary Walsh's life in Cuba, they asked to borrow it. Hadley sent it with the clear understanding that it was on loan. The Hemingways hung the picture over their bed. And kept it. And kept it. As the years passed, Hadley Richardson made gentle suggestions that her painting be returned, but it never was. Unfortunately for her, Richardson was a lady, and had no chance against the very stubborn, very streetwise Mary (whom Baker described as ferociously "terrier-like").
Even after Hemingway's death, Walsh did not return the painting to its rightful owner. The fact that she eventually had the chutzpah to give it to a museum was, apparently, not a surprise to anyone who knew her.
No article about the painting is complete without these facts. Younggoldchip (talk) 17:34, 6 February 2015 (UTC)