Book Smart | “Libro Smarto” the Elusive Cuban Spy

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Regal | Christie's International Real Estate BK659279 

The original of this painting is currently on display in one of the most famous museums in

Cuba, the Museo Nacionalde Ballas Artes, known as the Cuban Art Museum. 

 

The original oil, on linen was painted in the 1950’s under Castro’s regime, and has long been a

subject of a great deal of controversy.  The man in the painting is believed to actually

be the elusive Cuban spy “Libro Smarto” who has been in hiding underground since the

Cuban revolution.

 

Although the man in the painting has never been able to reveal his true identify,

there has been much speculation regarding his identity and present whereabouts. 

During John F. Kennedy’s presidency, and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis it is 

believed that Libro Smarto was involved in covert operations with the CIA and played

a major role in negotiations during that time.  Because of the sensitivity of those

negotiations and activities, he went underground shortly thereafter. 

 

Prior to going underground, Libro Smarto led quite a flamboyant life and enjoyed

his notoriety immensely.  It was also rumored that he was involved in a torrid love affair

with an unidentified Hollywood celebrity who was also linked to Fidel Castro at the time.  

There were many rumors as to the identity of the famous American actress,

but sadly her name was never actually revealed.

 

Libro Smarto has not been seen or heard from for many years, and is most

likely in his 90’s if he is still alive today.  Rumors have it that he actually is still alive

and resides somewhere in the western region of Cuba and involved in the exportation of

high quality cigars throughout the world.

 

As one might suspect, there have been many forged copies of this famous painting but 

the original is safe and secure in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Cuba where it is

on display and can be viewed daily.   

 

** Please note: This is a purely fictional story written by Joyce Marsh for submission in the contest by

 Endre Barath, Jr. March Book Smart Challenge

 

The actual artist of the painting is Paul Julien Freed and the title of the painting is "Book Smart"

Oil on Linen, 36"x24" Available for $4,500.

Please visit Paul Julien Freed's website here:

About the Artist

Paul Julien Freed's body of work is a narrative through color and dynamism.  It is an extension of his impactful history, both in a personal sense and by way of his professional background in film and photography.  Paul's seemingly instinctive style of painting enables him to explore a perspective that flows naturally through deep rooted creative interdependence.  Paul's recent exhibition at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles is, in part, a display of his connection to the hotel. 

 

 

 

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Joyce Marsh, Regional Manager Florida

Regal Christie's International Real Estate

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Joyce Marsh
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Will Hamm Thanks very much.  I was actually laughing when I was writing it too.  I appreciate your nice comments.

Mar 07, 2019 11:36 AM #19
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Joyce Marsh
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Chris Ann Cleland yes, definitely check it out.  There are so many good entries.  I'll be looking to read yours.

Mar 07, 2019 11:37 AM #20
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Joyce Marsh
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 thanks! I'm glad you read it and liked it.

Mar 07, 2019 11:37 AM #21
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Joyce Marsh
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Thank you Michael Jacobs  I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it.  I really appreciate your comments.

Mar 07, 2019 11:39 AM #22
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Endre Barath, Jr. Thank you very much, and thanks to you for hosting this fun and creative contest.  I'm really enjoying reading all of the entries.

Mar 07, 2019 11:40 AM #23
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BBS Berezney Business Systems LLC I'm so glad you enjoyed it.  

Mar 07, 2019 11:41 AM #24
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Joyce Marsh
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Roy Kelley Thanks very much.  I'm glad you read and enjoyed my take on this.  It has been fun reading all of the other entries too.

Mar 07, 2019 11:42 AM #25
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Joyce Marsh
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Thank you Grant Schneider I appreciate that!  Are you entering?

Mar 07, 2019 11:42 AM #26
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Joyce Marsh
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS now that would be something! Wishful thinking! Thanks!

Mar 07, 2019 11:43 AM #27
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Oh, what fun, Joyce! I love your take on this - Libro Smarto indeed! 

Mar 07, 2019 10:21 PM #28
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Norma J. Elkins
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Love it.... I am not much into art but your take is great.  I love the flamboyant life part!  Thanks for sharing.

Mar 08, 2019 05:36 AM #29
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Joyce Marsh
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Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed my version.  This contest has been a lot of fun

Mar 08, 2019 06:41 AM #30
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Joyce Marsh
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Hi Norma J. Elkins I'm really glad you enjoyed reading my version of this.  I had a great deal of fun writing it and creating this character.

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I totally agree - we need to have one of these every month - lots of great entries with quite different interpretations of the artwork. 

Happy Friday, Joyce!

Mar 08, 2019 06:50 AM #32
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Joyce Marsh - You have a vivid imagination and the talent to craft a great suspense story! I like the mystery in this one!

Mar 09, 2019 08:11 AM #33
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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I guess one might expect some Cuban inspiration with that Cigar...not sure that Smart and Cigar belong in the same sentence...!

Mar 10, 2019 03:50 AM #34
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Brian England
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You had me going Joyce Marsh , I really thought you knew the real story behind this man, haha.  Great story!!!

Mar 10, 2019 05:01 PM #35
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Joyce Marsh
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Ha Ha Brian England  !! Glad you enjoyed my take on this! Oh and by the way I just found out it was your birthday today!  Hope you had a great birthday and were able to do something very special today!

Mar 10, 2019 06:50 PM #36
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Kat Palmiotti
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That was a fun story! It could all be true!

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Joyce, You may have missed your calling! I could not stop laughing at the nam...Libro Smarto...perfect!

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