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  For over 44 years we have specialised in academic and forensic investigations that are necessary in preparing a case to be presented for final underpinning of authenticity of a work of art claiming to be by Paul Gauguin.


  We conduct professional international investigations for clients from all around the world, private individuals and those also from the the corporate sector, legal clients and a wide variety of institutions.


  Working from our strategically sited bases in Europe, a geographic imperative in accessing European artists archives, enables us to conduct detailed investigations and research multilingually. Navigate to the Authentication and Profile pages of the site for more information, or Contact us directly for help and advisory when it comes to any Paul Gauguin authentication issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Gauguin Art Authentication.

STEP ONE IN THE AUTHENTICATION  PROCESS.

THE PRELIMINARY ASSESMENT OF VIABILITY STUDY

 

 

 

    We recommend that before entering into a full investigation of legitimacy of any work of art, it is essential to consider the viability of the project in a balanced and clear way.

 

In that respect, we prefer to conduct a professional assessment of the merits of the work in question first. This is an important primary study which is based upon your images, the details of the work of arts history and provenance as is known to you and any previous research that you may have already conducted.

It's a logical and cost effective professional assessment for which there is a modest set fee.

 

 

 

 

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GAUGUIN  AUTHENTICATION:

 

  Until well after his death, the French artist Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin was a very much under appreciated French post impressionist artist. Were it not for his art dealer and representative Ambroise Vollard, his posthumous success would never have been nearly so grand. However it certainly turned out that way.

 His paintings of Brittany and the French countryside are today not as prominent in the eye of the beholder of what he is most recognised for. His Tahitian subjects and native Tahiti women, dressed in alluring and brightly coloured costumes set in a tropical paradise.

We have seen many claimed to be Gauguin's over the years and still do see them and have been involved with uncovering and investigating some of the biggest Gauguin art fraud and fake art scams in modern times.

 

 Not only was Gauguin a painter, but also a sculptor, print maker and ceramicists. It is not surprising then that many fake prints, sculptures and works made in pottery, also turn up on the investigation schedule and sadly, far too regularly.

 

  Spécialise dans l'investigation de l'authenticité du travail de Paul Gauguin y compris: L'Authentification de Paul Gauguin - Authentifiant Gauguin Art - Authentifiant les tableaux Gauguin - les dessins Gauguin, le travail graphique de Gauguin. L'investigation de faux et truque et dessins et tableaux de Paul Gauguin
Gauguin fake Faun faked by British faker Shaun Greenhalgh and sold through Sotheby's for near £21,000

 

 

 

A Paul Gauguin case study: Paul Gauguin Watercolour - 2 Tahitian Women

Paul Gauguin Watercolour - 2 Tahitian Women:

 

 

   Paul Gauguin's artistic career spanned six full decades and his output during his Tahitian period particularly, was spurred on by the voracious demand for saleable product by his French patron Ambroise Vollard. The leading Parisian art dealer of the early twentieth century , he was the main career mentor behind Cezanne, Picasso and Maillol and this demand for artistic product, even for Paul Gauguin, was very taxing.

 Authenticating Gauguin and his art is sometimes much more difficult than was in this very simple case we were asked to look into. A so called Paul Gauguin water colour, depicting two Tahitian women signed unmistakably bottom right, Paul Gauguin.

 

<  Now, if ever this painting had any chance to be an authentic Paul Gauguin watercolour, then obviously it would have originated from within Gauguin's creative period somewhere between 1890 and 1900.

That's when Paul Gauguin was working and living in the Polynesian islands of Tahiti.


 The number of paintings Paul Gauguin painted of Tahitian girls wearing the red floral Ti motif on a sarong, is indeed more than just a few and whilst on first inspection it is easy for some to think, for Paul Gauguin, this painting is just not good enough to be by him, there are times when art authentication experts might have to ' prove ' the issue of authenticity either way.

 A Gauguin fake it may be, but it could just 'perhaps' be argued as an authentic work by Gauguin.

So let's look at why this Paul Gauguin water colour on the left is not genuine.

Interestingly, information comes by applying some simple logic and a slightly different approach to a Gauguin fake.

Fake Paul Gauguin watercolour

 

 > On the right, the paper on which we are lead to believe Paul Gauguin painted these two Tahitian women [above]

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Where the red arrow (above) points to on the fake Gauguin watercolour painting, is a thicker area of paint in which some residue, in the form of two tiny pices of paint brush hair were found. Upon further inspection under the microscope, some interesting features can be seen! (right)

 

 

 Synthetic, smooth surfaced filaments, as photographed when found in the purported Paul Gauguin painting above are used in paintbrushes. They   are produced when they are manufactured by the process of extrusion. This gives them the regular, tubular & glassy appearance and not the 'thick to thin' more conical and 'scaly' form of a natural animal hair, such as the traditionally preferred artists brush made from sable or squirrel.

 This type of polymer is also a product of the sixties and not the 1860's but the 1960's. So our friend Mr. Gauguin could not have possibly painted this picture even on a bad day. He died sixty years earlier than it's invention.

 

 

 

Forensic photograph detail of Paul Gauguin fake watercolour, embedded residual paint brush hairs

^The application of a fake Paul Gauguin signature to the watercolour.

 The Paul Gauguin signature (above) taken from the fake watercolour drawing, shows clear constructional differences, compared to the image of a legitimate Paul Gauguin signature to the right which are self evident, even to a non expert eye.

You will also see where hesitations in creating the flow of a letter have doubled up the paint layers. The small  g  for instance. This is indicative of someone checking what they are copying, for just a split second.

 

 

 Clearly the Paul Gauguin painting we looked at was not by Paul Gauguin himself. Which right from the start was evident to us and will also be to most of you. 

Frankly, the quality of the application of the water colour to the paper and the actual drawing itself, leaves much to be desired and bears an amateur, untrained and not a well practised approach.  But not necessarily so to a none expert eye.

That was the case when the client bought this fake Paul Gauguin work to us believing it to be a real Gauguin. For them it was real and couldn't possibly be a fake ! An all too common situation where a heart simply got the better of the heads judgement and the simple question, "is it good enough to be by Paul Gauguin," was never even contemplated?

 

 

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BEYOND WILDENSTEIN - THE  GAUGUIN INDEX

1871-1884 | 1885- 1888 1889 - 1890 | 1891 - 1893 | 1894 - 1896 | 1897 - 1899 | 1900 - 1903

 

Paul Gauguin - Index of Paintings:

 

A definitive catalogue & chronological list of Paul Gaugin's œuvres & known works of art.

(Between 1873 and 1903)

 

Arranged by chronological date range, alphabetically, defining signature and inscription application & position.

Including dimensions & the work of art's current holding (where known)

 

Index ©2009

 

 

ART AUTHENTICATION EXPERTISE BY ARTIST
 
   
APPEL KAREL
BRANCUSI   CONSTANTIN
BOUVARD  - Famile.
CEZANNE PAUL
CHAGALL MARC
CORNEILLE  Guillaume Beverloo
COROT CAMILE
CORTES EDOUARD
CROME JOHN
DE KOONING WILLEM
DEGAS EDGAR
DOU GERRIT
DUFY RAOUL
GAINSBOROUGH Thomas
GRIS JUAN
KHALO FRIDA
KIRCHNER  ERNST LUDWIG
LAM  WILFREDO
LEGER FERNAND
LIEBERMAN  MAX
MATISSE HENRI
MALEVICH  KAZIMIR
MIRO JOAN
MONDRIAN   PIET
MONET CLAUDE
MORISOT BERTHE
PISSARRO CAMILLE
POPPELMAN PETER
REMBRANDT VAN  RIJN
RENOIR PIERRE
REYNOLDS JOSHUA
ROUSSEAU THEODORE
SPENLOVE-SPENLOVE FRANK
TITIAN / TIZIANO
TURNER J. M. W.
VAN GOGH VINCENT 
VLAMINCK  MAURICE de
VOUILLARD EDOUARD
CONYERS BARKER
HUGHES Derrick
GAUGUIN INDEXES
KLINE FRANZ
ROBERT MOTHERWELL
PECHSTEIN MAX
ROUALT GEORGE
BUFFET BERNARD
MUNNINGS Sir Alfred James
FRAGONARD Jean Honore
GREUZE  Jean Baptiste
DAUMIER HONORE
KREGTEN FEDOR van
CSALLOKOZI Farkas Lőrinc
EDOUARD MANET
Johannes Molzahn
PAUL KLEE
Francisco José de GOYA
Albert MARQUET
de CHIRICO

 

 

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