PICASSO ART AUTHENTICATION: Picasso Art Authentication Expert Services - Picasso Art Authentication & Authenticating the Art work, drawings, sculptures and paintings of Pablo Ruiz Picasso











Picasso photographed in his studio at the Villa La Californie, Cannes between 1957 and 1961.

Can you identify the people who were visiting him ?





Get immediate help and advise with your Picasso authenticity concerns & Picasso art authentication issues from Picasso experts located in Europe. Experts who are perfectly placed to investigate, see through and advise you on all Picasso art authentication matters. 








Picasso Art Authentication Investigations: Before you begin


* Before entering into a full investigation of the legitimacy of a work of art believed to be by Picasso, or claimed to be by Picasso, be it academic, forensic or as with most cases, both forms of investigation, it is essential to know if the project is in any way viable and possibly provable.  Because prove it you must. Treat it the same as you would do in needing to know wjere you stood if you were taking a legal case to court.

Logically, if   it   is  not viable or shot full of holes before you began, you should not attempt it. The patent risk of  failure is too high.

 So at Freemanart, the busiest independent agency of its kind there is, we always make a preliminary and vital professional pre authentication assessment of all Picasso cases for our clients first. This is based upon the images you supply, the details of the work and the items history as known.

This is a logical & cost effective professional assessment and advisory for which there is a modest set fee.

Please see our FAQ's which explains the process in detail before you write to us.











It's a FAKE.

Authentication of Picasso art

& Authenticating a Picasso

  The Freemanart Consultancy are a dedicated professional team of Picasso art investigation experts specialising in the varied processes lesding to the authentication of Picasso's art. With bases in Britain, Europe and North America, we are expert in conducting and effecting the detailed in-depth authentication procedures required in all Picasso art authentication cases. This includes the complete academic and archival investigation of Picasso works of art, forensic investigations, forensic analysis and comparative Picasso studies, plus all closed archival research into the authenticity and legitimacy of all types of Picasso art work which may be required to authenticate art that has been previously attributed to Picasso, possibly be by Pablo Picasso, or is believed to be by the artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso.



















 The Freemanart Consultancy are leading international experts in art authentication procedures. We are fine art consultants  with offices and forensic laboratories not only in North America but also in England, Germany, France, Italy & Spain. Effectively serving and supporting both private and corporate clients with Picasso authentication issues from around the world.   This includes individual Picasso art collectors at all levels, many prominent law firms and a vast array of law enforcement agencies, insurers, museums, public and private art galleries and professional international auctioneers.






 Our Picasso experts and academic scholars focus on the identification of fake Picasso works of art and with the ongoing processes of securing Picasso art authentication verification internationally.

In particular we concentrate effort on both Academic and Forensic procedures and the requisite investigations which may be necessary in buiolding the case beyond opinion alone towards confirming & securing the authentication of Picasso's art. This includes any Picasso drawings, prints & paintings which may be signed 'Picasso' or claimed to have been signed by Picasso or possibly have been legitimately effected by Pablo Ruiz Picasso.

 As such, any Picasso art authentication investigation into an alleged Picasso work of art is conducted through both in depth advanced Forensic and Academic procedures by art experts who specialise in the identification and investigation of both legitimate and fake Picasso works of art. This includes those paintings, drawings and prints which may have been previously positively attributed to Pablo Picasso plus any other none provenanced works of art which are claimed to be by or believed to be by Pablo Picasso.



















 Consider for just one moment the implications and serious nature of art authentication in general.

It upholds the integrity of art history and address the authentication of Picasso specifically.

It should be patently obvious to you that no one can authenticate a work of art by Picasso or any other artist by simply looking in a book!

Sadly many art appraisers will do just that and will claim that they have the the ability, the logistical and geographical capacity, the qualifications and more importantly, the facility to authenticate a work of art by Picasso.

Frankly, they do not have and therefore absolutely cannot.


 Unless they have direct access to the ultimate authority on an artist & also personal and direct access to the vast amount of information held privately in archive across Europe, can work multi-lingually within that archive in order to research and investigate the Picasso subject thoroughly & effectively and have the finest academic scholars and forensic support team to assist them, they simply do not have the capacity.



Remember: An art Appraiser is an Appraiser.

An Appraiser values art, he cannot Authenticate it though he may claim he can! 



 Freemanart's extensive team of Picasso fine art experts, includes academic scholars who are expert in the art of Picasso. Our forensic scientists and Picasso specialists are specifically and strategically based in Europe to conduct the detailed investigations and archival research literally here 'on the ground' on your behalf into the authenticity & legitimacy of Picasso drawings, Picasso paintings, Picasso ceramics, Picasso's sculpture & Picasso limited edition prints. In fact, all works of art that may be by or after Picasso and we are here for exactly that reason.

To help you.



 Under Article 26 of the Spanish Penal Code, a forged, faked or added Picasso signature on a work of art is a criminal act punishable under Spanish law and all perpetrators are liable to prosecution, heavy fines or imprisonment for that crime.

Simply put, it is criminal fraud.










A legitimate Picasso Signature or

a Fake? Both FAKES













The Weeping Woman # II












< This oil painting signed Picasso shown on the left is a facsimile or copy of a very well known Picasso masterpiece indeed. The Weeping Woman.

It is in fact a fake Picasso oil painting based on 'Femmé en pleurs' which was painted by Picasso in 1937.



 To try and pass a copy off as an original Picasso, particularly one so famous, is a ridiculous notion to anyone with half a brain but this painting was in fact passed off along with several other masterpieces and it sold for millions. Much to the eventual serious cost of the duped and swindled buyers!

However, this Picasso variation of the Weeping Woman was rather stupidly dated by its artist faker as being painted in 1946 ! ! !

To make matters worse, this fake Picasso is painted on an acrylic canvas and has acrylic (vinyl acetate) paint brush hairs embedded in the oil painting surface!

Acrylic art materials being an invention of the mid 1960's not the 1930's or 40's!

Though we identified the Picasso as a fake, the fraudsters got away with it and disappeared off the face of the earth leaving the buyers several million dollars poorer!










Science et Charite 1897-

Pablo Picasso - oil painting





Whether you like Picasso or not, no one can deny that Picasso was an artistic genius. He turned this painting out (Left) before his 16th birthday!


 Without a shadow of a doubt, Pablo Picasso was enormously prolific in his artwork output, producing thousands of sketches, drawings, paintings and prints, as well as pottery, sculpture and ceramics. All of this in an incredible career as an artist which spanned the best part of a century.


 Today, the 3 recognized official Picasso catalogue raisonnes including Zervos, account for some 15,000 of Picasso oeuvres - works of art including Pablo Picasso canvas art, Picasso's works on paper and sculpture by the great Spanish artist.

No undocumented major Picasso's or legitimate examples of Picasso's principal works of art have emerged from the depths of time in recent years, yet there must be hundreds of minor pieces yet to be discovered and still are being.


It's true to say, many of the worlds greatest art fakers have imitated and tried to fake the modern art of Picasso and some very successfully too, but modern art authentication techniques, armed with 21st century science and forensics have caught up with all but a few of them. Even so, some fakers still persist and try to pass of fake Picasso art as legitimate as do some unscrupulous dealers, auctioneers and of course, Ebayer's too!












Picasso Authentication and the Pitfalls:


So you have a Picasso drawing and want to know if it's real?  What next?


 Well, there are only three possible answers to the question "is it real" But people ignore the most likely two in favour of what they want it to be!

And why not ? If it is a real Picasso it's going to be worth a lot of money so it's no wonder you are going to be bias in your opinions.

1/ The truth is, it is either a real Picasso which has not been catalogued in Zervos and somehow got lost in the mists of time since it's inception. OR....

2/ It's a down and out fake Picasso designed specifically to deceive and likely to defraud and sucker in a buyer, cleverly created by a smart faker or copyist but still a deceitful crook. Or...

3/ Simply put, it's a student work!







 There's not an art class in the world where someone hasn't been given the creative task of copying or taking three original images of Picasso works to make up a brand new Picasso which has elements a bit of this a bit of that, of each Picasso they have chosen. This exercise is for the student to make up a brand new Picasso work of art based on images of other Picasso's is simple.

And yes, they would see the signature as being part of the design too. There's no

malintent here, they are just doing the assignment! But it is true that many of these works of art do make it innocently onto the open market and get bought up by a misguided individual, unaware of the pitfalls of authentication.


 We would like to thank our client Mr B.....of British Columbia who has been unsure of his Picasso 3 Musicians (Illustrated on the top right) for over a year. He wanted to spend a lot of money on a full scale investigation into the authentication of his Picasso drawing that is UNTIL his conservator took it apart and found something. He writes:


"Dear Mr.Freeman, I am sorry I appear to have wasted your time.

The 3 musicians drawing I have has now been removed from its board.

The paper used has no water mark and on the back is written

Jessica Lane per 6 10, which the conservator takes to be a student.

I am truly sorry to have wasted your time and patience."







Picasso Three Musicians: Musiciens aux masques

[Trois Musiciens - Pablo Picasso]








^ The real McCoy - Picasso's Three Musicians:

Musiciens aux masques [Trois Musiciens]

Circa 1921


A sad reflection on the world we live in, is that most of the 2D Picasso artworks Freemanart examine actually do prove to be fakes.



















The Fake Picasso Certificate of Authenticity or the Fake Picasso COA.


 The provision of fake, or more kindly - a 'fabricated' Picasso Certificate of Authenticity which supports the claimed legitimacy of an artwork which more often than not provided with Pablo Picasso print purchases, is a worldwide problem. One which is not only effecting Picasso collectors


 The so called COA's or Certificates of Authenticity, are all but worthless, clearly inadmissible, at best unacceptable and yet they often accompany a Picasso work of art. However, they carry little or no weight or substance regarding the true authenticity of the artwork in real terms and absolutely no guarantee of absolute authenticity at all. In the main. This is because the issuer has little or credibility himself, or even the qualification to issue one in the first place!


 In the real world, a certificate of authenticity is a legal document which guarantees by making and staking a physical claim, that a work of art is 'absolutely authentic' and indeed legitimate. 

Be it by the artist Pablo Picasso, or otherwise.


A certificate of authenticity therefore 'absolutely' qualifies and defines that the work of art, in this case, by Picasso, is not a copy or facsimile and assures us that it's not a fake or reproduction print. It is however, a true and accurate rendition  and application of the reprographic art legally produced & licensed and / or signed by the actual artist, Pablo Picasso - himself.

 Any Certificate of Authenticity should therefore be absolutely specific & in the case of an art print, lithograph , etching or lino cut, specify:

Its Edition, its Publisher, the date of publication, its accurate size, the CORRECT title, not a made up one, the paper type & any detail as specified in the catalogue raisonne or relating specifically to the publication of the given work of art that it claims to authenticate.


If this information is not declared on the COA and the signatory / or authenticator does not give their name, position & qualification to authenticate it and or their address, they may have something to hide.


Remember, a Certificate of Authenticity is NOT just a Certificate of Opinion!

It is a guarantee of authenticity and must be fully & absolutely supportive and completely substantiated by fact

















P i c a s s o 

C e r a m i c s



  Pablo Picasso began, for lack of a better phrase, to 'mass-produce' his ceramics & pottery in 1947.  Late in his career as an artist, at the fine age of 65.





Picasso ceramic, authentic or fake?





 It was in the town of Vallauris at the Madoura pottery where Suzanne and Georges Ramié welcomed him in July 1946 that Pablo Picasso seriously took up pottery. Here in their ceramics studio he produced or decorated some 633 different vases, pitchers, plates & bowls that we know of. There's 700+ Picasso sculptures in other media + collages, theatre arts and even cartoons.

 The values that some of Picasso's artworks fetch don't even bear thinking about and with such a huge volume of fakes out there, you just can't be sure if your Picasso is real or a fake.


Pablo Picasso's biographer John Richardson, whom we acknowledge for this quote and from which this passage is taken, wrote of him:

  He ( Picasso ) moved to a small house hidden away on the outskirts of Vallauris, a town a few miles inland from Cannes. Vallauris had been a pottery town since Roman times.... Picasso’s ceramics would re establish the place’s prestige.

This is the house, La Gauloise, the house that Picasso bought, because it was very, very difficult to find. It’s in a tangle of little back-streets. He also chose it because in this building here (in front of the house) lived a mad lady called Madame Boisier, who was a kind of concierge but told everybody he didn't live here, Picasso was no good as a painter, go away!”
She was a teacher of dancing, free dancing and occasionally in the bushes here you would see middle-aged women dressed as nymphs cavorting around. You then ran the gauntlet of all this and over there you would find the villa where he lived with Françoise."

From Picasso: Magic, Sex, Death, lectures on DVD, 2003)



 One of the major problems in the supply of  fake Picasso ceramics, drawings and oil paintings in recent years, has been the poor policability of Ebay which historically has been a major source of fake and illicit Picasso art works for years. Often these art fakes are knowingly offered for sale by unscrupulous art dealers but sometimes are unknowingly and simply inaccurately listed as an innocent mistake. Sometimes!


 *To their credit, Ebay have been conscious of this fact, acted well, have improved their security admiringly and working extensively with the police and law enforcement agencies, reported any questionable activity to them, sometimes even suspending offending members in an attempt to clean up the art fake scams.

 However, Ebay has been but is by no means the only source of fake Picasso's in the art world.  Small time auctioneers are notorious. They often do not follow the ethical code of due diligence. ( All reasonable care effected to protect the public in establishing and declaring both accuracy of description and authenticity and legitimacy of an item )  So it is, that some auctioneers, localized estate sales and many shady art dealers have much to answer for as a source and certainly an avenue of producing fake Picasso works.

 Of the worlds most notorious fakers, a subject covered in other areas on this web site and on ArtFake.net, many fakers produced highly convincing Picasso like paintings and drawings during their own prolific careers.

Of these early fake Pablo Picasso art works, large numbers of fakes were passed off in scams going back decades and today, they still exist.









P i c a s s o   A u t h e n t i c a t i o n


 The authenticity of any work of art, be it by Picasso or any other artist can only be established or determined in absolute terms given that a combination of processes are followed and agreement is met in the final analysis by the recognised, living and or appointed Picasso expert or experts upholding the copyright of the artist. This is a feature which strictly applies in the case of the attribution and authenticity of Pablo Picasso, to the Picasso family whom we access for clients in the final analysis.

 In general terms, for the purpose of art authentication, collated evidence is presented to the ultimate recognised expert or experts, authorities or singular authority on a particular artist for determining authenticity and it is either agreed or denied by them. Much the same as in a court of law. Authentication therefore is as absolute as it is vital.




About Pablo Picasso authentication and the services offered by Freemanart :


Any Picasso investigation presentation or claim of authenticity we investigate is usually supported by:

 The results of Forensic investigation and or any scientific analysis which substantiates or supports known fact in relation to the Picasso artwork, or adversely, in support of a fake Picasso, it's illegitimacy if we are trying to disprove the value of a Picasso and its authenticity.

Freemanart also present unquestionable academic evidence, proven provenance, documented historical evidence and absolute record of fact in relation to any work of art claimed to be by Pablo Picasso. This is effected with a view to secure the ultimate academic agreement from and by those who are embodied, universally accepted and empowered to underwrite it.


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