Dear Ms. Headley,
I recently purchased a pencil and watercolor on paper supposedly by Marc Chagall. The piece was purchased from a gentleman in the UK who said he found it in an old book store. No COA, titled "Mermaid in the Sky", or at least, that is what he called it. It looks like a Chagall, but it is signed simply "Chagall" in watercolor. I suspect it to be a forgery, can you help to confirm?
Thanks very much!
Answer Dear Cynthia,
I hope this finds you well. There are more forgeries than original Chagall's out on the market today. It is highly unlikely that yours is an original. I love Chagall and have studied much of his work and I can tell you that my opinion is that it is not a Chagall. It looks very amateur. Take a look at an original Chagall mermaid. http://www.thefineartcompany.co.uk/figurative/chagall-mermaid.jpg
I could of course be wrong, but I am very confident it is a fake. I hope this information is helpful.
I can assist with identification, acquisition, representation, and care of fine art prints and original paintings. I can provide information that will assist you in determining the value of your art; but I do not give valuations on allexperts.
Dolly D. Headley, owner of Headley Fine Art, LLC, has provided consultative art services to retail gallery clients in Sausalito, CA, and at www.headleyfineart.com since 1998. Her experience as a Senior Art Consultant, Gallery Director, researcher, and an extensive art research library; has allowed her to provide people with personalized consultation services. Dolly is a volunteer at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
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