In England opened the exhibition of counterfeits
The exhibition of works of one of the most legendary falsifiers of XX age of John Mayatta was opened at the end of September in Britannic the capital. An artist-self-taught person, which sold through the leading houses of auctions, - Christie's and Sotheby's is a great number of successful imitations, was freed from prison and began to earn honest a way, The Independent reports.
After liberation talented copier began to arrange the exhibitions of the works and fully officially to sell the «real imitations» of large masters which even the best experts in area of study of art could not distinguish ot originals.
In all in a period from 1987 to 1994 years of copier it was succeeded to give out about 200 own pictures for the masterpieces of Pikasso, Van Gogh, Shagal, Matiss and Dzhakometti. Fraud opened up after some time, and Mayyatt was condemned to year of prison. However, after four months, an artist was exempt before the appointed time.
Notably, that a detective which arrested a falsifier was so taken his talent, that ordered him a domestic portrait. And after completion of trial of picture of artist his advocates, public prosecutor and a lot of witnesses, purchased even.
Mayyatt discovered as a result, that to trade in the «real imitations» far more advantageous, than to give out them for originals and gave one's word anymore never to cheat experts. For securing however now written with capital letters it is on reverse side of every picture of painter: «imitation».
History of copier is simple: in 80th drawing teacher Mayyatt after a divorce with a wife remained with two little children and began to make a living by the sale of copies of pictures of famous artists. Once one of the known houses of auctions accepted a robot Mayyatta for an original.
We will remind that this year in the museum of Wallraf-Richartz in Germanium restorers found out an imitation - a picture, which, as considered, belonged to the brush of the French impressionist Claude Mone, appeared by him.