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Fakes and Mistakes

Art fakes and forgeries are rampant in the art world. Links to articles.

As a beginning collector, you might be surprised to learn that such scams aren't limited to high priced art and artists - its equally common amongst lower priced art many of you will encounter as you begin collecting.

Here I've assembled

The seller "attribution"
Picasso ink drawing - don't want to disturb
Gallery stickers vs. frame shops +
The outright forgery
Re-tasked unsigned artwork / signature added: Herbert Richter, Mensche
Period Fakes
The grand "story" - Diego Rivera + Ransom
Dumb as a fox + link to buy in California article

    • Mastermining: Mistakes & Warning Lessons

        Walter Young

        (American, 1906-1976)

        "Arabesque" Oil Painting

        Walter A. Young Oil Painting

        Oil on Board
        29 7/8 x 39 3/4
        Signed (lower middle)

        Favorites from my art collection: more to follow soon


          Attributed Wording Scam

          Original Gouache Painting French Art signed E. Vuillard

          Édouard Vuillard Born Died NationalityField

          November 11, 1868 (1868-11-11) Cuiseaux, Saône-et-Loire, France

          June 21, 1940 (aged 71)
          Painting Painting , Printmaking

          Self-Portrait , 1889, oil on canvas

          Jean-Édouard Vuillard (November 11, 1868, Cuiseaux, Saône-et-Loire  – June 21, 1940) was a French painter and printmaker associated with the Nabis .
          Jean-Édouard Vuillard, the son of a retired captain, spent his youth at Cuiseaux (Saône-et-Loire); in 1878 his family moved to Paris in modest circumstances. After his father's death in 1884, Vuillard received a scholarship to continue his education. In the Lycée Condorcet Vuillard met Ker Xavier Roussel (also a future painter and Vuillard's future brother in law), Maurice Denis, musician Pierre Hermant, writer Pierre Véber and Lugné-Poë.
          In 1885, Vuillard left the Lycée Condorcet. On the advice of his closest friend, Roussel, he refused a military career and joined Roussel at the studio of painter Diogène Maillart. There, Roussel and Vuillard received the rudiments of artistic training. In 1887, after three unsuccessful attempts, Vuillard passed the entrance examination for the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.Vuillard kept a private journal from 1888-1905 and later from 1907 to 1940.
          Vuillard first exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants of 1901 and at the Salon d'Automne in 1903. In the 1890s Vuillard met the brothers Alexandre and Thadée Natanson, the founders of the
          Revue Blanche . In 1892, on their advice, Vuillard painted his first decorations ("apartment frescoes") for the house of Mme Desmarais. Subsequently he fulfilled many other commissions of this kind: in 1894 for Alexandre Natanson, in 1898 for Claude Anet, in 1908 for Bernstein, and in 1913 for Bernheim and for the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées . The last commissions he received date to 1937 (Palais de Chaillot in Paris, with Bonnard) and 1939 (Palais des Nations in Geneva, with Denis, Roussel and Chastel).
          In his paintings and decorative pieces Vuillard depicted mostly the interiors, streets and gardens. Marked by a gentle humor, they are executed in the delicate range on soft, blurred colors characteristic of his art. Living with his mother, a dressmaker, until the age of sixty, Vuillard was very familiar with interior and domestic spaces. Much of his art reflected this influence, largely decorative and often depicting very intricate patterns. Vuillard died in La Baule in 1940.
          We are offering an outstanding original gouache on paper, signed E. Vuillard in lower left corner. It measures 56.5cm x 38.8cm. It is framed but doesn't appear to be the original frame. We photographed the painting without glass to avoid glare. Please see the detailed pictures for a complete view. Please read Vuillard's biography and compare to his other paintings before you bid. This will be a unique opportunity to own an outstanding gouache painting from this artist. On this piece, you can see a great hand of a French master, Edouard Vuillard. We think this will be a beautiful piece on any house wall or serious collection. We sell this as "attributed to Vuillard" because we are not experts and only resell antiques. Be your own expert. We trust your opinion because you are the builder of your own collection. We recently registered this painting with the National Fine Arts Title Registry with an estimated value of $35,000. This certificate will be transfered to the winner's name. We purchased this painting 3 years ago in New York state from the estate of Richard Greensberg. We are selling this piece in the same condition how we purchased it. We have not consulted with any art experts about this piece. We have no more information, and provide only what we know about this piece.
          Good luck on your bidding. If you need some more information, please feel free to ask us.
          Please carefully read our description and ask questions before bidding because we don't want to have any misunderstanding over what is said in our description and policies. We are always willing to work with our clients and help you with any questions.
          Description explanations: We adopt the same terms used by auction houses worldwide when cataloguing works of art. They are: The first name and surname of the artist: In our opinion this is a work by the artist. The name of the artist preceded by "after": In our opinion this is a copy of the work of the artist. Bears signature/date/inscription: In our opinion the work has been signed/dated/inscribed by a person other than the artist. Attributed to: In our opinion this is probably a work by the artist. Circle of: In our opinion this is a work of the period of the artist and showing his influence. Follower of: In our opinion a work executed in the style of the artist but not necessarily by a pupil. Manner of: In our opinion a work executed in the style of the artist but of a later date. You agree to these terms by bidding. They're good enough for Sotheby's and Christie's so they must be good enough for us!
          We firmly believe it is better to buy an original painting by young or unknown, but extremely talented master artist, or even in manner of great master painters or attributed, but definately not buying Giclee, prints, serigraph or copy prints made on cheap machine from China, which is strickly business and nothing else, just take your money today but tomorrow render it worthless. If you believe some Giclee is worth thousands, good luck but thats nothing but throwing your money through the window, because any kind of reproduction by machine has no hand or soul of a master artist who put his heart into his paintings. We think it is better to support original art only.
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