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Artist of Woman of Strong Character

We found the artist of Woman of Strong Character.  The artist is Alban Jasper Conant (1821-1915). Stripping the portrait of the Louisiana red herring, all we knew for certain was that the portrait was purchased in central Missouri around 1975. … Continue reading

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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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How to Be Your Own Art Detective

Part Four: Subject and Style Framing an artwork in historical context through both subject and style helps to determine the artist and the date.  You probably noticed the subject of the painting before you even looked for a signature or … Continue reading

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The Team

Isn’t the secret to a successful business respecting and celebrating the unique talents that each team member brings to the table–or in this case, the easel?  In this post, Patricia Moss, art historian and founder of Fine Art Investigations, celebrates … 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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How to Be Your Own Art Detective

This is the first in a series of posts on How to Be Your Own Art Detective. Part One: Discover Your Painting’s Story You have a painting in your possession, maybe hanging on a wall in your living room, maybe … Continue reading

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The Bingham Lady

In my heart Patricia Moss will always be the Bingham Lady.  We first met when I was working at the Smithsonian in a small research office in the American Art Museum. One day Pat phoned asking about who to contact … Continue reading

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