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The art of identifying fine artwork

The art of identifying fine artwork

“In the manner of”. “School of”. “Follower of”.

These are all terms used to describe a work of art created in the style of a master artist but not by the hand of the master artist.

Color tonalities and figure detail of an original Paul Delaroche painting If a painting is described, for instance, as “In the Manner of Claude Monet,” it has been documented that the painting was done in the same style of the artist but after his lifetime. A “Follower of Claude Monet” painting was done in the same style of the artist during his lifetime and perhaps by a devoted student of the artist.

At times the paintings created in the same style/manner of a master artist can be deceiving, especially in the case where the master artist isn’t always known for signing his or her paintings. Paintings can be traded in the market for years with the attribution of a master artist but then determined by an expert not to be by the hand of the artist. Because in many cases the owner of the painting believes the piece to be original, and likely paid the price of an original, insuring these paintings can prove to be difficult.