Saturday, September 13, 2014

On the difficulty of gaining perspective ...

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Most forgeries ‘fall out’ after about fifty years or so; in other words, they conform to the popular image of the artist held at the time the fake was made ... Later generations, who see the artist quite differently, distinguish between the ‘true’ appearance of his work and the ideas held about him by an earlier generation of admirers and smugly wonder how their fathers could have been so easily deceived.
—Entry: fakes and forgeries
The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists, p. 175, Peter and Linda Murray

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