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How would I go about identifying an artist who's signature on an art piece is unidentifiable?
I recently found three pieces of art which my wife inherited from her great grandmother several years ago. One of the pieces is clearly marked (i.e.Raymond Lintz, "The Blue Door". The other two pieces, which are nature scenes with either pastels or chalk, mostly brown and blue, are signed at the bottom right hand side but are unidentifiable. They seem to be the same signature which appears to be HTT Gesen or HTP Gesen but that is only a guess on my part since the printing is very blurry.
I would appreciate any assistance you may be able to provide.

Believe it or not, this same issue comes up on a regular basis. Artists should write thier names on the back of the work so we don't have to go through this.

There are a variety of methods, x-ray is one.  You can also photograph the signature and play around with windows imaging or another programs that allow you to change the color schemes or the contrasts of each color etc and bring out the signature.  No easy task.


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I can answer questions about Salvador Dali. While I cannot do FREE APPRAISALS, I might be able to help you sell your works. I can also help with Chagall, Miro, Picasso and other 20th Century Masters.

Questions about a type of art or medium can be answered with one response in most cases. Technical issues are easier to deal with than specifics about an artist. If you need help finding values or history on an artist, it will probably involve research that can sometimes take hours to complete. If you have more than one image to send, I will give you an alternate email address as this system cannot handle multiple images.


Late 70's early 80's Worked for a printer and learned the art or Lithography. Early to mid 80's Managed a publishing company that produced fine art both living and reproductions of the masters. Mid 80's to 2003 Senior Art Consultant with well known broker of Dali, Picasso, Miro, Chagall,Vargas,Max,Warhol and others. 2004 - 2005 Independent Art Consultant. 2005-2006 Beverly Hills Art Gallery(Living Artists) 2006 - Present Salvador Dali Society. Senior Art Consultant.


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Studied Art History, Methods of printing, Various Mediums. Studied anatomy, sketch art, Complex shading technique, Acrylic technique. Bloch books(Picasso),Salvador Dali publications(extensive). 30 Years life Experience in the arts as an artist, fine art broker,Gallery Director,art consultant.

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