Tag Archives: Artist Identification

The Importance of Watson’s Insight

It’s not uncommon over the generations for family to forget the name of the person in the portrait who hung on the wall at Aunt Edna’s house for as long as anyone can remember. Auctions are littered with portraits of … Continue reading

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Unraveling a Mystery Part III

                  Clues to a painting’s story are often found in the marks–a signature, an old exhibition label, or a notation by a previous owner.  However, the sole mark on the verso of … Continue reading

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Unraveling a Mystery – Part II

Following the clue that the artist of the Portrait of Unknown Woman of Strong Character might be by Parisian-born Alfred Boisseau (1823-1901), we discovered two distinct styles in paintings attributed inter-changeably to Alfred Boisseau. (Sometimes the middle initial appears as … Continue reading

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Unraveling a Mystery – Part I

                    The art detectives depend on clues. For weeks now we’ve been trying to unravel the mystery of the Portrait of Unknown Woman of Strong Character.  The first clue was “painted … Continue reading

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Watson’s Insight: “Chain of Custody”

In detective novels and police dramas, we often hear the term “chain of custody.” Chain of custody, simply put, is a chronological documentation.  Items documented are origin, the identity of all handlers, the duration of custody at each point along … Continue reading

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How to Be Your Own Art Detective

So far in the How to Be Your Own Art Detective series, we have looked for clues about a painting’s story from the artist and the provenance.  Now it is time to look closely at the painting itself. Part Three: Examination … Continue reading

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Watson’s Insight

This last weekend, I watched the wonderful film The Artist with a group of friends.  I was reminded how often people and things of the past are put aside, to become distant memories.  Our belief that the rush of new … Continue reading

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