Fine Art/henri matisse, woman in red
Walking home one evening recently in Manhattan, I came across 2 paintings set out by the trash. Figuring I'd at least use the materials to paint over, I took them home. One was a distressed abstract painting of a horse, signed Etengoff/56 (do you know anything about this? possibly Barney Etengoff?) The other is a portrait of a black-haired woman dressed in a red robe, sitting in front of a window. I actually didn't care for the painting very much and was planning to paint over it right away, but then I noticed the signature Henri Matisse in the lower left hand corner. Are you familiar with this image? Should I hold off before I go ahead and paint over it? Thanks.
Hi Cayle, what an interesting story. Please send me a photograph of each of the pieces so that I can possibly give you the name of the work and details about it. Here is a good example of a signed Matisse print http://www.masterworksfineart.com/inventory/2902
for comparison. As you probably know, there are forgeries and fraud abound, so we don't want to mistake a poster for an authentic work.