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ancient times,students and painters who worked in the workshops of the
masters,produced copies of the originals that were sold,then,as the
master's works.Currently copies of art,(which in Italy are commonly
called false),represent a very broad market by type and quality of work.
Applicantions range from real collector who wants a copy worthy of the original,up to the buyer who wants,simply,to adorn the walls of his house with a nice painting and the fame subject.The latter allternative has enabled a flourishing market of copies produced in China.
We distinguish the following production quality:the museum,high,goog,commercial.
Vincent van Gogh - The restaurant of the siren at Asnieres - 1887
Vincent van Gogh - Van Gogh's bedroom in Arles - 1889
and good quality ,details,colors,nuances are not created with
particular care,in commercial quality the composition can be changed
and subjects present in original are eliminated in the copy.
Claude Monet - Water lilies - 1907
Edgar Degas - The dancing lesson - 1873/74
also important to remember changes suffered by a painting
reproduced on paper,because the print in CMYK impoverishes the
colors,sometimes change them,hides details, and the proportions of the
painting can be change for the layout.The following,two example.
Ducros - Nocturnal tempest to Cefalù
Note the missing parts of the painting
Albrecht Dürer - Young hare
the museum quality reproduction,it is important to respect the original
material,the exact shades of colors,the composition and preparation
technique.It's necessary to reproduce accurately the details of the
original.The realization of a copy of art of this level,takes a long
time and a rigorous technique.The drawing must be
accurate,veiling,layers of color,etc,all executed with respect for temp
Addition to the common prints,today are very popular prints retouched by hand or with photosensitive emulsions.Their prices vary from 10 to 100 euros and more.They are often sold as pictures paintid by hand and it's easy to be dazzled by their appearance.To avoid being deceived,we must keep in mind the prices of common prints of good quality,where,depending of the size,the price can reach up to 700 euros and always ask for the Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist.
Paul Gauguin - Two tahitian women seated - 1901
Paul Cézanne - The kitchen table - about 1888/90
It's very important to remember that the Italian law,and not only,prohibits the reproductions of works of living artists.It must be passed 70 years after their death.This means that to copy Picasso,De Chirico,Dali etc,it must have,after congruous paying,written permission of the copyright owners.An example,for Picasso,at this address:
Paul Signac - Venice-the pink cloud -1909
Claude Monet - Water lily pond,harmony rose - 1900
Edouard Manet - Vase of peonies on pedestal - 1864
Paul Gauguin - Still life with fan - about 1889
Edouard Manet - The fife -1866
artwork must be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity,law 1062
of January 25,1971.According this law,all the authentic works on the
market must be accompanied by a picture of them with on the back the
declaration of authenticity.
The collector is so certain to purchase a work of genuine art,and not prints retouched by hand or with photosensitive emulsions,as it is now widely in use,from misleading appearance and a vlue seemingly convenient.
In the copy of art the artist must declare that is a copy of art,as mentioned before.
Example of certificate
Claude Monet - Woman with parasol turned to the left - 1886
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