Fakers, Fakes, & Fake Fakers



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Fakers, Fakes, & Fake Fakers

“Fakers, Fakes, & Fake Fakers” is an article authored by Milton Esterow addresses the act of forgery as well as revealing the creative techniques in carrying out the act. The author talks about a forger who was imprisoned for faking numerous art works done by several artists. The author argues that for better forgery, a faker must initially understand the artist to be imitated intimately and love both his work and the artist (Esterow Web). He argued that to be a better faker, an individual must get into the mind and soul of the artists that in turn makes the forger to do exactly what the artist does.

Art forgery has really increased lately making the number of fakers to increase as well as the increasing number of distributers and sellers such as Glafira Rosales who is a dealer of Sands Point, New York. A lot of money has been raised and unfortunately, most of the sellers believe that the works are authentic. Even after the assistant U.S Attorney Jason asserted that, there would be numerous arrests after the case of America versus Glafira Rosales there are still many incidences experienced to date (Esterow Web).

According to Esterow, Qian is another forger who did impressionist type paintings and liked Bonnard (Web). The article claims that when Qian went to the Museum of Modern Art, he saw Monet’s Water Lilies he knelt down on the floor and later produced paintings that were figurative with bold colours and spoof the Mona Lisa. Watercolours are also widely used in making sketches after they are framed and photographed. Dealers in artists work never concentrate on the works presented to them provided the faker imitates the artists writing in indicating that they are the original artists.

Other forgers like Hebborn believed in intensive practice and mastery of how to do a particular work such as painting before imitating a painter. The author asserts that the forgers devote their time learning about something before putting it into practice. A faker must be able to understand the original artists in debt including the artist’s dialects and some other hidden things after thorough practice and intensive learning. According to Esterow, the most important thing for every forger is to learn why an original artist did a particular work the way it was done (Web). Unless the reason behind an artwork is known, it may be difficult to understand how it is done. Some forgers go to an extent of visiting places that had been previously visited by the artists. They may then add a few secrets on their work, which may fail scientific test.

Some of the forgers are people who have spent some time with the artists as perhaps personal assistants such as Forgy who were De Hory’s personal assistant. This gave them an opportunity to understand the artists thus making them to imitate a lot of their work. From the article, it is evident that there are many fake art works going around in the internet and other places. Most people buy the forged works unknowingly and ignorantly.

Works Cited

Esterow, Milton. Fakers, Fakes, & Fake Fakers: Well-known forgers reveal the creative methods they use to copy the masters. ARTnews 20 Nov. 2013. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. <http://www.artnews.com/2013/11/20/fakers-fakes-fake-fakers/>.