Chicago museum outs Trump 'Renoir' as fake

Donald Trump. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)
Donald Trump. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)

Washington - An American museum is casting doubt on President Donald Trump's reported claim to possess an original Renoir - revealing to have owned the Impressionist painting in question for the past 84 years.

According to a former Trump biographer, the US leader claims to own the original "Two Sisters (On the Terrace)," an oil-on-canvas painted by the French master Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1881.

But the Art Institute of Chicago begs to differ.

"I'm happy to confirm that it's in our collection," museum spokesperson Amanda Hicks told AFP by email on Monday.

"We're proud and grateful to be able to share this exceptional painting with our 1.5 million visitors each year."

An identical work, which Trump asserted to be the original, was displayed in his private jet and seen as recently as 2016 inside his New York home, according to biographer Tim O'Brien.

O'Brien told Vanity Fair magazine earlier this month that he saw the painting while conducting interviews for his 2005 book "TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald."

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