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The case was continued until Aug. 13. Ms. Pinto-Walsh was present in court. Mrs. Kinkade was not.

Kinkade, the self-described “painter of light,” was known for sentimental scenes of country gardens and pastoral landscapes. His work led to a commercial empire of franchised galleries, reproduced artwork and spin-off products that was said to fetch some $100 million each year in sales.

In recent years, however, he had run into personal difficulties, including a 2010 bankruptcy filing by one of his companies and an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence that same year outside Carmel, Calif.

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