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Authentication Investigations of Paintings & Drawings by Gustave Courbet  (1819-1877)

One of the most faked artists in the world

 

 

 In the mid 19th century, the French history, genre, still life and landscape painter called Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet, originally from Ornans in eastern France, soared to fame, receiving deserved social acclaim for his fine and realistic works of art.

Today, as then, thousands of his works found their way into Public and Private collections.

 Astonishingly, it is estimated that there are over 28,000 paintings attributed to him across the world! But common sense prevailing, although he was regarded as a prolific painter, such an excessive amount of product would be impossible to achieve in his lifetime and the greater majority of these paintings are regarded as fakes.

 

 Courbet was always regarded as a controversial artist, painting pictures which often highlighted unpleasant topics, trapped and dying animals, social issues, class differences and the harshness of reality.

 

Here is a typical Courbetesque wild boar in a snowy landscape bearing the name of Gustave Courbet which falls into that category and by comparison, the real McCoy. "Le renard dans le neige" Gustave Courbet - huile sur toile - 86 x 128 cm - 1860

            

 

 

^Gustave Courbet Fake Signature

A signature applied later that the painting it appears upon, fluoresces with UV light.

This 'applied' signature (above) added to a painting, took its potential value to six figures.

 

 

Below: This is a  self portrait by the artist held at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris and painted in about 1845–6.

And next to it a smaller version of ‘L’Homme à la Ceinture de Cuir (The Man with a Leather Belt ) held by the National Gallery in London which was for many years, believed to be by Courbet himself as he was known to sometimes replicate his own works.  Recently however,  experts revealed that a trade mark appearing on the back or the mill board that the portrait was painted on, was not registered until 3 years after the artists death.

 

 
 

Gustave Courbet .

The man with the leather belt

© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay)

Photo Hervé Lewandowski

After Gustave Courbet, Self Portrait,

after 1880. National Gallery

 

 

 

 So is it a real Courbet you have tucked away in the closet or under the bed that Great Grandma swore was real ? Or is it something simply done by one of his pupils, or studio assistants perhaps? Or is it another early mistake made by the experts who thought it was a Courbet but got it very wrong by today's attribution standards and something just painted in Courbet's style?

Problem is, it could always actually be a down and out fake Courbet, there are lots of course still out therer. Or perhaps it's just an innocent copy of one of his pictures painted by somone else, famous or, not so famous? 

 Well you won't know till you do know and you can't do that from behind a desk somewhere and certainly not by looking in a book or trawling the internet till you fall to sleep with fatigue .

So take advise from those who specialise in all Old and Modern Master authentication investigations and archival research who are based in Europe, before you start investing a lot of money on what could be a wild goose chase.

 

 

 Before entering into a full investigation of the legitimacy of a work of art you believe may be by Gustave Courbet, be it simply academic, forensic or as with most cases, both, it is essential to know if the project is at all viable in the long term and more importantly, possibly provable. Much as you would need to know if you were taking a legal case to court.

Logically, if it is not, you should not even attempt it, as the risk of failure is too high.

 

 So at the Freemanart Consultancy, with 43 years of international experience in old master investigations under our belt, we always prefer to make a preliminary and vital professional pre authentication assessment for clients first. This is based upon the images you supply and the full details and the work of art's history and provenance.

This is a logical and cost effective professional assessment and advisory for which there is a modest set fee. Do that, then you'll know exactly where you stand.

Please see our FAQ's which explains the process in detail.

 

 

 

 

Courbet sketch/ Musee d Orsay

<Le gorge de la loue - circa 1860. The Loue river at its source outside Ornans.

 

 

 

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