“Who is b ** Jackson Pollock?”: 3 cases when people found masterpieces among the trash
Which of us did not dream of finding among the grandfather rubble a masterpiece worth millions? But, let’s admit, so few are lucky – and such lucky ones, most often, immediately fall on the pages of newspapers. Expensive works of art are most often found in the appropriate environment – in expensive homes and in expensive collections of collectors. But what circumstances preceded the finds of masterpieces among literally rubbish and trash?
In 1992, Teri Hortos bought a huge painting in a used goods store for a gift to her friend. The painting cost $ 8, but Teri bargained to five. The picture was so huge that it did not fit either at home or at the house of her friend, so Teri decided to sell it at the flea market. There, a man approached her, who said that this picture was similar to that of Jackson Pollock. “Who the fuck is Jackson Pollock?” Asked Teri. Later, with that name, a documentary will be released revealing an investigation of the authenticity of this canvas.
Art authenticator Richard Polski once said that when it comes to Jackson Pollock, everything is possible. “One day, Pollock’s work was literally found at a dump in the Hamptons. On one side of the canvas by hand was written “FOR SALE” – such signs are put when selling a house. And on the other – in fact, a picture of Pollock. This picture was drunk by one expert on abstract expressionism, and then resold and made a very decent profit for it. ”
After much debate by art historians, the authenticity of the painting was established by art authenticator Paul Byro: he found a fingerprint on the canvas that matched Pollock’s, which he left on paint cans in his workshop. Now Teri estimates this picture at no less than $ 50 million. However, Teri says that if someone offers her more, she will not mind.
This is the case when a masterpiece appeared in the old heaps of the family. In 2015, the owners of the painting put it up for auction at $ 800 as a canvas by an unknown artist of the 19th century. The picture was acquired by a gallery owner, who offered a thousand times more for his work. This work was a painting by Rembrandt from the cycle “Five Senses” – “A Patient Who Fainted” or “Allegory of Smelling”.
In fact, the date of the creation of the painting is 1624-1625, and the proof of authorship can be seen with the naked eye – in the whole series of the cycle Rembrandt left his signature in the form of a monogram, and in this picture it can be seen in the upper right corner right next to the patient’s head.
Experts believe that the reason that the painting was not in the museum was because several centuries ago the owners of the painting were embarrassed by the artist’s “insufficient Rembradt style” – he painted it at the age of 18. Therefore, to give it “more credibility”, the picture was deliberately darkened, the canvas was finished at the edges to make it larger and other lighting was painted. This, apparently, confused specialists of the following centuries, who did not recognize the hand of the master in the canvas. However, modern methods of examination are able to find out authorship even after such vandalism.
Later, this picture was bought by collector Thomas Kaplan, who paid about four million dollars for it. In his collection at that time there were two other paintings from the same cycle: “Operation”, representing touch, and “Three Singers” – an allegory of hearing.
This is what is called a “classic case” of a valuable find in the grandfather’s attic. In 2013, Van Gogh’s painting was exhibited, after a thorough examination of its authenticity. A previous similar find of the work of this author was found as much as 85 years ago, so the case was truly resonant in the world of art.
A picture depicting a landscape with bushes and trees at sunset was found in the attic of industrialist Christian Mustard from Norway after his death. She lay in Norway for 30 years before being sent for examination, but then experts came to the conclusion that this was not the work of a great artist.
It took another 12 years for the specialists of the Winstent van Gogh Museum to be able to promote a tangle of events proving the authenticity of the work. The painting was painted in 1888 in the mountainous region of Montmajour, a few kilometers from the town of Arles, where the artist lived at that time. There is a whole series of his sketches of Montmajour of this time, all of them are in the museum of the artist.