How to Spot the Fake Paintings

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I’m a painter, and I paint oil on canvas. Some of my paintings are abstract, and some representational. My work has been compared to the likes of Kandinsky, DeKooning, Rothko, Pollock and others.

I’ve had many gallery shows, and sold my work to collectors across the United States.

It’s not easy to say who’s real and who’s fake. That’s why I started this blog. It’s for people like me who want to know how to spot the problems so they can buy with confidence from galleries, or auction houses.”

Fake paintings are everywhere and it is hard to spot the real paintings. How can we buy a painting that is original?

Art is one of those things where the real thing is worth more than the copy. If you are buying art, make sure that you know what you are doing. There are a number of ways to spot fakes. The first way to tell if a painting is fake or not is to look at it closely. Look at the brush strokes and how they are applied. Are they consistent? Look at the colors; do they look like something you would use on a canvas? Look at how the edges of the brushes were used. Are there different types of brushes used in different parts of the painting? How do the colors blend together? Did you feel it looked familiar? If so, where have you seen it before?

Artists use a limited palette with their work and once you understand what colors are used in what way, then you can identify fakes better. A lot of times, people will take one real painting and paint another over top of it in order to sell it. They will take an original piece and try to sell it as something else, such as a famous artist’s work or just something that looks nice but isn’t really valuable

My name is Steven. I have been a professional art authenticator for over 20 years, and I have seen thousands of fakes. This blog is intended to share my knowledge about spotting fakes with you in the hopes that it will help you spot them first.


Fake art is around us all the time. We see it every day in museums and galleries. In fact, museums and galleries are some of the biggest distributors of fake art.

Fakes are mainly created to be sold to unsuspecting buyers at auction or at galleries. As a result, most fakes are still legal. They have not been discovered or proven fake by experts. However, there are many ways for you to spot a fake painting yourself, with a little practice and know-how!

Fake paintings are often created by people who produce copies of famous paintings, but then make minor changes in order to pass them off as originals (or sometimes they add a signature that wasn’t on the original painting).

In this article we will look at how to spot these “signature” fakes and other common fakes in your house that you might have thought were original paintings! We will also look at how to recognize if a painting was signed by the artist or not.

We have a long tradition of faking art, so it’s not surprising we’ve developed some good ways to spot the fakes. The most important is provenance, which is a fancy way of saying “where did this thing come from?”

It sounds simple enough, but it’s far more complicated than you might imagine. There are whole books written on provenance. But here are some basics to keep in mind when investigating art you want to buy:

1. Documented provenance is the best kind. An artist’s diary mentioning an upcoming exhibition; a letter from the curator of the exhibition inviting the artist to show her work; an invitation to opening night of the exhibition; reviews of the show—all these things add up to a strong provenance for your painting.

2. But that doesn’t mean every lack of documentation is bad. A painting that turns up with no history might still be real and worth buying if it has other qualities going for it: high quality materials, skillful brushwork, or a striking subject for instance.”

I’m not trying to trick you into buying a fake. I want to make sure that if you do buy a fake, it’s from me.

I can’t tell if a painting is real or fake by looking at it. But there are some things a good forger won’t think of, and some things a forger will think of that will make the painting look false.

Here’s an easy way to tell whether the person who painted your painting was thinking about fakes.

Spotting a fake is about finding what doesn’t fit. The forger’s goal is to make the work look as if it came from the same time and place as the real thing. He will often use a brush that was available then, or use a particular kind of canvas, or maybe paint with a crackling effect that imitates old canvasses. So you need to know what materials were used when and where. If something seems out of place, look more closely.

The reason this works is that art history is a science, which means that it is more than just an opinion. The history of art is just like the history of science: we have to test our ideas against reality, because we can’t rely on our intuitions alone. We need to know how much pigments will crackle, or which canvases were available in Florence in 1460 and so on. If we don’t know these things, we can’t trust our intuitions about what is real and what isn’t.

If there are doubts about a work’s authenticity, it should be considered suspect until proven innocent. That’s why scientists test their hypotheses by trying to prove them wrong as well as right — if you only try to prove something correct you might not notice if it’s

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