HISTORY OF SALE OF PAINTING ON AUCTIONS
The first market for fine arts was captured by commissioner pioneer former navy officer James Christie Sr.. Having arranged the first sale in 1766 in London, he soon already owned…

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CHOOSE PAPER FOR AQUARIUS
If you have recently started to paint with watercolors, you must have already had questions about the different types of watercolor paper. Whatever the paper, it has its advantages and…

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Imprimature - color tinting (tinting) of the soil or the first layer of the canvas.
Imprimatur is a simple and effective way to create color harmony in a painting. In thin-layer writing, the color of the soil, shining through the layers of paints, combines them…

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Frescoes in the slough

World painting boasts an impressive history of fakes. Such things have happened at all times and in all countries. And one of the funniest hoaxes happened half a century ago in Germany.

As it is known, lawsuits exposing counterfeiters are not uncommon. And any of them should start, the media must inform the on-call sensation, albeit already far from fresh: “75 million lime masterpieces circulate throughout Europe, and, according to experts, their number will increase every year!”

That’s after all what heights the falsifiers, mystifiers and other adventurers from art have reached! But it is unlikely they could be able to crank their scams so easily if there weren’t good “teachers” behind them Continue reading

Fake PICTURES

Fake paintings, as an imitation of the painting style and the plot of the work of a famous master for enrichment, has always existed. According to experts, the amount of funds annually obtained from the sale of fakes in Russia is from 8 to 50% of the total volume of transactions with paintings, estimated at $ 200 – 700 million.
Falsification of paintings by craftsmen is a business for many: manufacturers, dealers, buyers, police, insurance agencies.
The problem of fakes, especially their manufacture, really sharply arose in the second half of the 20th century, when new physicochemical methods for determining authenticity appeared. In 1965, it turned out that the portrait of Earl Wellington at the London National Gallery, attributed to Goya, was just a fake. In 1976 – that in the Cornell Museum Koro’s fakes are stored. Throughout his career, Corot painted about 600 paintings, but only three thousand walk on the American market. In the Metropolitan Museum of 66 utensils of 8 thousand years ago, brought from excavations in Turkey, only 18, indeed, are ancient. And this is in the most prestigious museums in the world. What to speak about private collections!
In 1996, the exposed counterfeit manufacturer Eric Hebborn published the book The Art Forgers Handbook, a Continue reading

VARIETIES OF GENRE STILL LIFE

Still life (from the French. Nature morte – dead, inanimate nature) – an artistic image of various household items.
In the XV-XVI centuries, a still life was considered as part of a historical or genre composition. Early still lifes often performed a utilitarian function, for example, as a decoration of cabinet doors or to mask a wall niche.
As an independent painting genre, a still life was formed in the 17th century in the works of Dutch and Flemish artists.
The term nature morte (dead nature) appeared in the XVIII century and reflected the neglect of still life by academic circles, which preferred the “high” genres, the area of ​​which was “living nature” (historical, battle, allegorical, religious, mythological). Until the end of the XIX century, a still life was considered as a “lower” genre. Continue reading

PALETTE KNIFE
From Italian, a palette knife is translated as a spatula. Palette knife allows you to create a complex and beautiful texture in the picture. Using a palette knife, you can…

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How profitable to buy a painting for investment
Buying paintings by contemporary artists, even little-known ones, can often be associated with significant costs. Therefore, it is important to talk about the profitability and justification of such costs. You…

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HISTORY OF SALE OF PAINTING ON AUCTIONS
The first market for fine arts was captured by commissioner pioneer former navy officer James Christie Sr.. Having arranged the first sale in 1766 in London, he soon already owned…

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ANCIENT ENGLISH PAINTING, FAMOUS ENGLISH ARTISTS
Collectors of antique paintings are conservative in their passions. Of greatest interest are the Italian masters of the Renaissance, the old Dutch and German painters, French impressionists and some others.…

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