How can you tell the
By Erik Morsing
The team of artfakes is often confronted with
this question, and for good reason. For a non-connoisseur it can be
extremely difficult to judge for instance whether a particular painting
is a fake or not. Some more than others as is the case with one of the
most (if not the most) misused artist, namely Pablo Ruiz Picasso.
However here are some guidelines, which you can use for yourself:
Start by studying some genuine works of the
painter, you want to learn more about. See if you can catch a common
denominator in his works. Itís like a fingerprint. Every artist has
got his own fingerprints. That goes for a writer, a composer and for a
painter, which is the main issue for our little chat here.
Take for example the famous composer Ludwig van
Beethoven! Having heard his music over and over again, as I actually
have for 40 years now, you are able to distinguish him from his
contemporaries during the Vienna classical period: Mozart and Haydn. For
a person who knows nothing or very little about classical music, he will
indeed have extreme difficulty to distinguish between Mozart and
Beethoven the most comparable of the three.
What makes the whole issue so difficult to
explain is the fact that art is not understood with your common sense
but rather with your intuition, which lies in the right, holistic part
of your brain, the one with which you understand a situation as a
unified whole. The other part, the left part of your brain you do
calculation with, you spilt things up into small elements, analyses them
and put them together again.
You can do no such thing with art, and
thatís why you must use a lifetime learning to understand it. We,
artfakes, have through hard work and intensive study learned to
distinguish between fake art and genuine art, we can see the artistís
fingerprints in his work, and we can also see the fakers fingerprints,
because no matter how well a falsification is done, having our skills,
he cannot fool an art expert except from some very rare cases.