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Hi Dolly,
Two questions, both concerning lots in my local auction house.
Chagall Giclee, The Birthday, Signed 33/375 Size 58cm x 43cm.
Picasso Nude under a Tree. 57/125 Signed.
Probabilities on being genuine, please. The Giclee Chagall gives me most concern as I have no records of genuine Chagall giclees.
Thanks.

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Dear David,

I hope you are doing well. Both of these prints give me more than pause. Nude under a Tree was done as an oil painting and to my knowledge and research; Picasso never released this as a lithograph or etching during his lifetime. The only original print I could find even close in title is an etching titled Two Nudes in a Tree.

The signed Chagall Giclee is definitely not original. Giclee’s did not become popular until well after Chagall’s death in 1985. Maybe the “signed” part is a plate signature. Giclees can be made on ANY art. All you have to do is scan an image and then print on a large printer such as an Epson. Any one printing these can create a “limited edition”.

I may be wrong, but if you are looking for original prints from these modern masters, keep looking.

I hope this information is helpful.

Best regards,
Dolly

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Dolly D Headley

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I can assist with identification, acquisition, sell representation, and care of fine art prints and original paintings. Some of my artist specialties include Henri Toulouse Lautrec, California Artists, and the Modern Masters. I can also assist with information on getting professional appraisals and authentication.

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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. With over 14 years experience as a Senior Art Consultant, Gallery Director, and an extensive art research library; Ms. Headley has provided hundreds of people with her high quality personalized consultation services and solid guarantee of satisfaction. Dolly is a volunteer at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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Bachelor of Science; Self taught with thousands of hours research and retail gallery consulting. Personalized mentorship from various experts in the industry.

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