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Hi: I have a painting by Jose Puyet titled "En el Casino" on the back with the number 210 and the Name Grumbacher New York engraved on the frame. How can i differentiate between a print and an original - because it sure feels like the real thing.

Dear Anthony,

I believe you have a reproduction of a Jose Puyet painting that was printed first on paper and then glued to stretched canvas. The publisher then applied heavy varnish, usually with brushes that would give the print texture like an original oil painting. They are often very difficult to tell from original oil paintings.

The reason I say yours is probably a copy is because if you Google Jose Puyet and En el Casino; you will find many other people who have the same "painting". It is highly unlikely the artist would paint and name so many paintings the same. If you have a high magnification loupe or glass, you can look at the painting and if you see lines or dots, you have a copy.

I hope this information is helpful.

Kind regards,

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