GALLERY REVEALS ITS FAKE FRAGONARD

Apr 29, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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The origin of a replica painting hung at Britain’s Dulwich Gallery – as part of a Spot-The-Fake challenge, has been revealed.

Since February, an 18th century painting by Jean-Honore Fragonard titled “Young Woman” has been replaced by a $120 counterfeit, produced in China.

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Gallery visitors were asked if they could identify the fake painting – lurking among the 270 Old Master paintings at Dulwich.

Nearly 3,000 people voted – but only about 10 percent got it right.

The fake Fragonard was created by The Meishing Oil Painting Manufacture Company, where 150 artists make copies of well-known works by the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet.

Strictly speaking, the paintings are not absolute fakes – since Meishing is careful to change the sizes slightly from the original masterworks.

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