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Hi Alan,

I recently got a painting that appears to be an original Marc Chagall. I was wondering if you would able to tell if it is an original based on pictures I have taken. It is signed and dated Marc Chagall, 1953. In searching images on the Internet I found a similar painting that is dated 1954 by Chagall called 'Bridges over the Seine'. It seems like the one I have is a prototype of sorts of that painting. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I can provide pictures as necessary.

Many Thanks,
Jim Fitzpatrick

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Jim, the only thing pictures would provide is imagery in the style of Chagall.  That doesn't help.  Lots of reprints on paper and canvas out there, and lots of knockoffs.  An expert has to see the work, such as someone at sotheby's or christie's.  Also, price suggests reality.  A painting by Chagall would be worth six figures up, and whomever you acquired it from should have provenance [authenticity], and more than a letter stating it is an original.  All of chagall's paintings are known.  I can't emphasize enough:  if you bought it for a song, it probably is a song, and if you think it is a painting, contact Sotheby's.  Good luck.  Alan.

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Alan Klevit

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I can provide sound advice on buying, collecting & understanding fine art, especially original works by 20th century masters and leading contemporary artists. I can also explain techniques used to create original works and offer tips on how to tell whether or not a piece is an original work of art.

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I have been active in the art world for twenty-seven years. I owned and operated four galleries and a wholesale showroom on both coasts. We specialized in original works by 20th century masters and emerging artists. I have been an art consultant, artist's representative, lecturer, auctioneer, and curator. I had a radio show for two years, "Today's Art World with Alan Klevit" [Washington, D.C.]; hosted two television shows on the arts for six years [Los Angeles Area]; have written for numerous local papers and international art magazines; and currently write a syndicated column, "The Art Beat." I conduct art auctions for charities throughout the United States, and am a frequent speaker/auctioneer on upscale cruise ships, and at civic organizations and local television shows.







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ART NEWS, ART IN AMERICA, FORECAST MAGAZINE, MALIBU MAGAZINE, PANTARBE.COM, MALIBU CHRONICLE, POTOMAC ALMANAC, GAITHERSBURG GAZETTE, ART DECOR, REGARDIES MAGAZINE.

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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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