Friday, September 27, 2013

Colton Sweeney
Sudkamp -- Art 1

Art Article #2

            When a Van Gogh painting was bought by a Norwegian industrialist in 1908, the artwork was soon sent to reside in the owner’s attic after confusion over the painting being a fake. The picture, painted in 1888, shows a countryside in Arles, France. One hundred years passed with the painting being mistaken as a fake multiple times, even by the Van Gogh Museum. Finally, evidence has been found in letters the artist wrote to his brother, Theo, about the painting. Apparently, artwork is commonly being faked and forged, more so than thought with 410,392 being flipped by three people alone in only 2007. Though the events taking place in the article did not occur in 2007, the buyer of the painting felt “jittery” about the painting seeing as the art world has had a rise in counterfeits and forgeries, and tossed the painting in his attic to rot for decades. This is sickening, I’ll tell you h-what. How could such a dope picture as itself be tossed away and forgotten for over a hundred years? I would be embarrassed if I were the owner; though I’d also be dead.

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