Is your art a forgery?

How to make sure the art you’re buying isn’t a forgery

Art forgeries are all mischievous imitations of works of art, used for gaining money from the naïve art collectors. Art forgeries are different from art copies. Art copies of certain paintings are usually made by other artists. For example, the students of da Vinci, the famous Caracci, Durer, and Rota, copied some of his sketches and paintings to exercise on his style. Art forgeries are worthless, while some art copies can be priceless, depending on the artist that did them.

If you are still new in the art collection, you had better learn some things about art forgeries, before spending your money on something that is utter rubbish.

First of all, upon buying art, carefully examine the signature of the artist. Art forgeries are usually very precise when imitating the artist’s signature, but some clues can be found if you attend closely to the painting. The signature can vary slightly from other signatures, and if you have doubts, you had better consult with a professional.

Another important thing to be done is to check everything about the artist, his or her exhibitions, all the paintings he or she has done. Learn by heart all the important dates in the artist’s career so that not to be taken in by a forger’s lies. Before buying anything, learn as much as you can about the artist. Get a grasp of the artist’s common style, the materials which he or she uses, the type of the canvas or paper. Another point of interest is age. Don’t take it as granted, if the seller told you that the painting was very old. Art forgeries are well-known for the special procedures of making a painting look older than it is. Besides, not all artists from the past were famous and worth spending a fortune on their works.

OK, so everything is fine, and the painting seems authentic. What if it’s stolen? You have to check with the FBI archive of art thefts to make sure you aren’t getting into anything illegal. You should find an appraiser before buying anything. A list of appraisers can be found on the site of Art Appraisers of America or the American Society of Appraisers. You just need to specify your state, and you will get the list of professionals that live nearby. They can give you precious advice and can also protect you from getting an art forgery.

Forgeries vary in their quality but still, they are not genuine autographed memorabilia. You need to be keen on the quality of the autograph although it is often too tricky to detect. Thus, you need to seek the experts. Have the autograph authenticated to avoid getting scammed? A good resource is PSA they do a good job determining if your autograph is real and will grade it too.

So, if you intend to make art collection your hobby, you have to be very careful what you buy. But if you simply ADMIRE the painting itself and don’t give a damn whether it is a Monet or not, you should buy it. Afterwards, collecting art is not just a money investment, it also brings aesthetic delight and happiness.


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