Recently this sold for a staggering amount of money. I don’t believe it was painted by Da Vinci. It looks stiff to me and something’s wrong with the chin. It’s too fuzzy or something. It’s dead on facing you.
Well, anyone can be a critic, right? Feel free to disagree, as always.
I can’t find fault with any other Da Vinci painting, though, and I’m going with my intuition on this. It’s not a Da Vinci.
I saw a movie some time ago about these people, Margaret and Walter Keane that made these horrible kitschy paintings sell big. I remember seeing them at the Worlds Fair in NY in 1964 and thought they were bad even as a kid. Now I saw a new movie about them is coming out.
She painted. He claimed he did the paintings and sold them, which goes to show that a good salesman can sell anything. Then she felt like a prisoner in their nice house forced to paint and he was out in the world having fun and she got tired of it and blew the whistle on him. I’d like to see some guy try to keep me prisoner! That would never happen.
Why did she let herself be his prisoner?
I wish I could defraud the art world. It looks like it would be easy. I need a smooth talking man for a partner. I’d be happy to let him take the credit for painting if I had a nice house with a pool and plenty of money.
Hell. I’d paint forgeries too. I could do it. If I ever meet my dream man, a bad guy who would help me get rich by committing fraud on the art world, you’ll never hear from me again because I won’t be able to blog about it
I saw this documentary on amazon called, “There are no fakes”. It’s about a huge art fraud case in Canada. Morrisseau is an aboriginal Canadian artist who is called a shaman. His work is very significant to the culture of native tribes.
Some people came forward and said there are tons of fake Morrisseau paintings flooding the market. The one above, I don’t know if it’s one of the fakes or the real deal. There’s court cases and big bucks involved. It became a real scandal with a forgery ring, drugs, a sex predator, young natives held hostage, people kept locked up and forced to paint forgeries. exploitation of the worst kind. There are so many people involved it’s hard to keep all the characters straight. And different opinions on the situation by the people involved. I can’t type it all. It’s worth watching if you’re interested in art world scandals.
I try to imagine what I’d do if I knew someone was forging my art work but I can’t see myself in a million years in that situation. Not because bad guys wouldn’t like to find a way to exploit me if they could, but just that my art can’t be forged. Imagine a few kids, locked in a room, given all the drugs and booze they want and being forced to paint forgeries of my art. Impossible! And I’m not a significant artist so why would they? No money in it.
ok, enough of my trying to imagine myself famous, this is a horrible thing that happened in the art world. I just read recently that the art world is the largest unregulated business in the world and they talked about how corrupt it is. But I’ve been saying that for years. How can this kind of crime be stopped? Did you see the documentary or hear this story?