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By Henk Tromp

ISBN-10: 9048511410

ISBN-13: 9789048511419

Vincent van Gogh’s work and drawings are fabulously pricey. hundreds of thousands of individuals appreciate his paintings, yet are these masterpieces all actual? To at the present time, the foreign paintings global struggles to split the genuine Van Goghs from the faux ones, and the foremost query addressed during this ebook is what may perhaps occur to artwork specialists once they publicly voice their reviews on a selected Van Gogh (or not). the tale starts off with artwork professional J.B. de los angeles Faille who stumbled on to his personal bewilderment that he had incorporated dozens of faux Van Goghs in his 1928 catalogue raisonné. He desired to set the checklist instantly, yet met with robust resistance from artwork purchasers, creditors, critics, politicians and others, marking the start of a fierce conflict of pursuits that had seized the paintings global for lots of a long time of the 20 th century. In his attention-grabbing account of the fight for the true Vincent van Gogh, Tromp indicates the fewer appealing aspect of the artwork international. His reconstruction of many such confrontations yields a number of fascinating and infrequently bewildering insights into the fates of artwork specialists once they convey unwelcome information.

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Indd 29  29-5-2010 15:23:5429-5-2010 15:23:54 deposition of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the authority of the state was completely undermined. In the first six years after the war the Reichsmark suffered devaluation after devaluation, with hyperinflation striking in 1923. Bank balances lost all their value from one day to the next. 8 In this period of social unrest and economic decline, the wealthy began investing in objects of value: precious metals, jewelry, art. Experience taught that such commodities could be sold for their original price or higher once the economic climate picked up.

As Piet Mondriaan’s work gradually became more abstract, he ran up against Bremmer’s definition of acceptable painting. Mondriaan went his own way and lost Bremmer’s financial support. The same was true of Bart van der Leck, but he was unable to pull it off. 36 Something of a patron-client relationship formed, which for Bremmer was inspired by a love of art as well as by the expectation of being able to sell the work. As so often happens with patronage, the relationship was ambivalent and not merely friendly.

19 The question that actually dominated their discussion was how to end the insecurity of the art-buying public, not how to make people more knowledgeable about art objects or what the art expert’s obligations were regarding the cultural heritage. Veth and De la Faille both wanted to restore buyers’ faith in the art market, and their answers were identical. Fixed, low rates should be charged for certificates of authenticity, experts should consult technicians in special cases, and well-documented reports should be issued.

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