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August 27, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | Permalink

Fascinating as it is, the world of highly expensive art is also a mind game. We can speak of forgeries, such as After The Bath ll, as art and an artistic copy. What is the difference, if the technique applied is the same? Is the imagination of the original artist what makes the real difference? Was it how Degas viewed his models, and what he "thought" they were, that made it possible to create the original masterpiece?

In The Art Forger, Claire awaits word on the ramifications of the discovery of her forged painting on a ship bound for India, while she paints pictures for an upcoming exhibition. The forgery she painted is a classical painting, done in a modern way, using modern techniques. The copy is beautiful. Perfect. Her new paintings, all modern and extremely edgy, are not initially received well. After a time, and with more promotion, her work becomes very popular.

All this leads me to wonder how a painting is valued. As we know, Vincent Van Gogh couldn't give his pictures away, and the same has been true of many of the world's great artists during their lifetimes. Does an artist's life, or death, make a picture more beautiful or just more interesting?

I have just asked many questions, and as we read The Art Forger, I'll bet you will have many more to add to these. The answers, if there are any, will be discussed at our face-to-face meeting, Tuesday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to sign up for a space at the table. See you then. 

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