The next morning, Apollinaire went to an editor at the Paris-Journal named André Salmon.
Apollinaire accused his best friend of bringing the stolen statues to the newspaper.
Apollinaire urged Picasso and Fernande, then in the south of France, to return to Paris as soon as possible.
Apollinaire and Picasso faced each other across the courtroom as if they had no idea who the other was.
The very day Apollinaire asked Pieret to leave his home, the Mona Lisa was stolen.
“It functions as free advertising,” says Apollinaire Scherr, a dance critic at the Financial Times.
The Belgian had a stint in America, before coming back to Paris in 1911 to stay at the apartment of Apollinaire.
When the judge finally asked Picasso if he knew Apollinaire, his embarrassment turned to rage.