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Canadian Art Authentication - Before you begin

 

  Before entering into a full investigation of the legitimacy or attribution of a Canadian work of art, it is essential to know if the project you are considering is viable.

 With that in mind, we advise that a preliminary and vital professional pre-authentication assessment is undertaken for clients first. An impartial study based upon the images you supply, the full details and the items history and provenance as is known to you.

This is a logical and 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.

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LAWREN HARRIS

Old Stump, Lake Superior

 

   Canadian art has long been a collectors favourite, with both homespun Canadian art collectors and international art investors alike.

It seemed to blossom and grow up overnight with the first million dollar painting coming from Canadian Group of Seven artist Tom Thomson. After that the flood gates opened and Canadian art prices rocketed.

  As soon as face values for Canadian art started to climb and reach a serious level, along came even more serious minded fakers. Amongst them a British faker called Tom Keating, who was a dodgy but talented man who concentrated all his efforts on Canada's most famous and popular artist of the 1800's. One Cornelius David Kreighoff, a Dutchman who settled in Canada.

 Krieghoff depicted beautifully the Canadian landscape and its people, both indigenous and the settler and  was and still is hugely collectible.

Tom Keating claimed before he died to have painted over 150 Cornelius Krieghoff paintings which have been sold into the market and until today have never been identified. This fact remains undisputed, as Krieghoff is one of Canada's most faked artists, but rest assured, not their only faked one!

 

 I was privileged to visit the beautiful mansion of Frank Sobey in Nova Scotia some years ago and was enthralled to see a dining room full of Kreighoff's beautiful paintings, but our Mr. Keating did cross my mind ?

 


Krieghoff authentic painting

 

 

 

 

           

Krieghoff Fakes . ^ Watercolour  

Krieghoff fake pastel

 

This signature  (above)  photographed forensically

by Freemanart appeared on a painting dated 1937

which we were asked to authenticate.

Potentially it was a very valuable piece.

The saving grace for the client, was that Freemanart,

identified acrylic hairs embedded in the paint. Acrylic

being an invention and product of the 1960's, not the 1930's!

 The Canadian Group of Seven:

 The Canadian Group of Seven', were a group of artist colleagues made up of the Canadian artists; Tom Thomson, Dr. A Y Jackson, Lawren Harris, Frank (Franz) Johnson, J. E. H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, A.J. (Alfred Joseph) Casson, Frederick Varley, and Franklin Carmichael.

 

These men are arguably the most elite group of artists in Canadian History and certainly command and still do, large sums of money for their distinctive, truly Canadian paintings.

 

 Inevitably Canadian art works are faked as well as being emulated too, with many 'old pot boilers,' or look alike works painted by 'followers' of the Group of Seven which have appeared at auction with altered or more commonly, added signatures. Brand new painted names, always added for one reason, to deceive a potential buyer and increase value.

It's called art fraud no matter how you dress it up.

 

 

 

 

 Canada proudly sports its fair share of Naive school artists too, including Maud Lewis. There are now a huge number of fakes of her works.

           

An authentic Maud Lewis                 And a Fake Maud Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

CANADA'S  MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTING

Paul Kane: 'Scene in the Northwest: Portrait of John Henry Lefroy.'

 The most expensive painting to sell at auction in Canada is still Paul Kane's "Scene in the Northwest:

A Portrait of John Henry Lefroy" which sold

for a staggering $5,062,500 (5.5 Million) dollars in 2002.

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List of Canada's most valuable paintings and their artists

Paul Kane - "Scene in the Northwest: A Portrait of John Henry Lefroy - $5,062,500 million

Lawren Harris – (Canadian Group of  Seven) The Old Stump, Lake Superior – $3,510,000.00


Lawren Harris(Canadian Group of Seven) Houses, St. Patrick Street – $2,808,000 0.00


Tom Thomson(Canadian Group of Seven) Early Spring, Canoe Lake – $2,749,500.00

Paul Kane -Portrait of Maungwudas made $2.2 million

Lawren Harris – (Canadian Group of Seven) Iceberg, Baffin’s Bay North -- $1,521,000.00

Jean Paul Riopelle - Untitled oil $ 1,400,000.00

Jean Paul Riopelle - Il etait une fois une ville

$ 1,262,903.00 


Lawren Harris (Canadian Group of Seven) In Buchanan Bay, Ellesmere Island -- $1,111,500.00

Emily Carr - Quiet $709,450.00

Emily Carr - War canoes, Alert Bay $620,700.00


Frederick Varley
(Canadian Group of Seven) Nude on a Couch – $585,000.00


A.Y. Jackson (Canadian Group of Seven) North Shore, Lake Superior – $526,500.00

Tom Thomson(Canadian Group of Seven)Autumn, Algonguin Park – $380,250.00


J.E.H. MacDonald(Canadian Group of Seven) Sunset, Waldmere Farm, Muskoka – $339,300.00


Paul-Émile Borduas – Arabesque – $338,750.00

Cornelius David Krieghoff $320,000.00 Mail boat landing at Quebec $309,000.00

E.J. Hughes had a painting that sold for $245,700 and set a Canadian record for a drawing.

Arthur Lismer  (Canadian Group of Seven) Shoreline Vancouver Island $210,000.00

 

 

 

 

 

Aboriginal  Art & Fakes

 

 Some of Canada's best 'Canadian' masterpieces can be attributed to a monumental First Nation talent called Norval Morriseau.

 His life and times is covered well by other commentators on the internet,however, he is not the only great first nation talent.

 Norval Morrisseau, a native Ojibway, was a giant amongst North American aboriginal artists and remains so today. But even before his death in 2007, Norval Morrisseau works of art were appearing on the art market which he had nothing at all to do with creating.

 It is something a difficult and strange situation here, because you have to consider the number of highly principled emulators who worked under and around him during his life. Students and admirers alike, who were both copying his style and manner and sometimes his actual works themselves, recreating his original works of art religiously.

 

 In the main, this was for sound reasons and this fact should be counterbalance against the down and out crooks. Fraudsters whose mind set is to introduce brand new, totally 'fake' Morriseau works into the Canadian Art market.

Not so difficult through as there are some clever schemes and methods which are often reported, effected by using collusion.

 

 However, Morriseau is not the only faked aboriginal artist or aboriginal style that is emulated by any means.

Haida art from the west coast of Canada is big business, with masks, weavings and carvings being amongst the most common fake fodder available in Canada.

 Both Inuit Eskimo and Native American art too have gained massive international recognition over the past few decades, as being highly investable and therefore are valuable art forms. Inuit Eskimo soapstone carvings for instance fetch large amounts of money too and with it, a sad reputation for being often falsified and reproduced.

 

Inuit  Eskimo  Soapstone  Carving

 

 

 

 

 

FREEMANART - EXPERT IN THE FINE ART OF AUTHENTICATION

 

 The Freemanart Consultancy specialize in art authentication investigations and have experts in Canadian art and in particular the art of the Group of Seven and their followers, specifically here to assist you with both valuations of Canadian art and all Canadian art authentication issues.

 

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