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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 respect his paintings, yet are these masterpieces all actual? To at the present time, the overseas artwork global struggles to split the genuine Van Goghs from the faux ones, and the main query addressed during this ebook is what might ensue to artwork specialists after they publicly voice their evaluations on a selected Van Gogh (or not). the tale begins with artwork specialist J.B. de los angeles Faille who came across to his personal bewilderment that he had incorporated dozens of pretend Van Goghs in his 1928 catalogue raisonné. He desired to set the checklist instantly, yet met with powerful resistance from artwork purchasers, creditors, critics, politicians and others, marking the start of a fierce conflict of pursuits that had seized the artwork international for plenty of many years of the 20th century. In his attention-grabbing account of the fight for the true Vincent van Gogh, Tromp indicates the fewer beautiful facet of the paintings global. His reconstruction of many such confrontations yields a bunch of exciting and infrequently bewildering insights into the fates of artwork specialists after they convey unwelcome information.

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The seller will take the work back and compensate the buyer for any loss. The purpose of this confidentiality is to safeguard the reputations of both seller and buyer. While the rule is exemplary in its simplicity, there are factors that can sap the rule of all its power, and the Wacker Van Gogh case had them in spades. The number of persons and official bodies that had anything to do with the canvases only increased as 1928 drew to a close. By November, more than half of the 30 paintings had passed through the hands of dozens of art dealers and private collectors.

Some thought it was a credible story, others a dubious alibi. 59 In short, the Dutch and German morning and evening editions had much to report on in December 1928. indd 51  29-5-2010 15:23:5529-5-2010 15:23:55  and . “ Bilder, angeblich von Van Gogh”. Owners and dealers found themselves in difficult straits. The press − here Kunst und Künstler − published reproductions of the contested paintings. indd 53  29-5-2010 15:23:5529-5-2010 15:23:55 The art pope The Supplément was published on 10 December 1928.

70 She told an associate in Berlin that buying these canvases was intended as an act of support for Bremmer’s opinion that some of the works regarded as false by De la Faille were quite genuine: anyone who believed in Bremmer put his money where his mouth was. She also saw this affair as an opportunity to buy Van Goghs at a low price and thought Bremmer should wait with his opinion on the authenticity of the Wacker Van Goghs. At the moment these were scarcely marketable, she wrote, so she could acquire them for very little.

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