The Art Institute of Chicago has called out Donald Trump for saying he owns an original Renoir that the museum is the proud owner of.
The comments come after Trump biographer Tim O’Brien said during an interview on a Vanity Fair podcast that Trump had years earlier claimed that his version of Renoir’s “Two Sisters (On the Terrace)” was the original.
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Museum spokeswoman Amanda Hicks told NBC Chicago that the Art Institute has had the painting in its collection since 1933. There is also a description of the painting on the institute’s website.
O’Brien said he had disputed the claim himself with Trump.
“Donald, it’s not. I grew up in Chicago, that Renoir is called ‘Two Sisters on the Terrace,’ and it’s hanging on a wall at the Art Institute of Chicago,” O’Brien said he told Trump, according to Vanity Fair. “That’s not an original.”
O’Brien said that, after Trump was elected president, he saw the painting hanging on Trump’s wall during a “60 Minutes” interview.
“I’m sure he’s still telling people who come into the apartment, ‘It’s an original, it’s an original,’” O’Brien said on the podcast.
O’Brien added that Trump “believes his own lies in a way that lasts for decades.”