Forgeries

We are receiving a lot of photographs from people who own (or are offered) an artwork made by Ivan or Josip Generalic and would like to check if it’s a genuine piece or just a forgery.

In most cases everything is fine as the work matches our database or reproductions in books, but sometimes we discover a plain fake. Also, there are “suspicious” paintings, when the style doesn’t match the author but we don’t have a photograph of the original to confirm it.

Here are a few examples.

 

Original

Ivan Generalic – Original

Forgery

Forgery

Or this one, which is so bad that even the signature is totally wrong.

Epic signature fail

Epic signature fail

This one is not so bad, but still a forgery…

Original

Original

Forgery

Forgery

There are also cases of switching the frames, using the one which once might have housed a genuine work, to sell a different painting:

Signature only on frame

Signature only on frame

Signature only on frame

Signature only on frame

Sometimes prints on canvas and even glass are offered as originals. Here’s an example of a destroyed (broken) painting which still lives on the market in a form of a simple reproduction, a few times missed for a genuine work.

Long gone original and its prints on canvas...

Long gone original and its prints on canvas…

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There are also Ivan Generalic paintings which just keep popping everywhere in many variations, like this Party, but the only trace of original I have is on this tiny photograph.

Original painting on the floor

Original painting on the floor

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Can you help?

Sure. By sending a clear, focused, large photo of the artwork you own, made by Ivan or Josip Generalic, you are helping us to build up our database and help other people.

When someone wants to check if his artwork is genuine, among other methods, we consult our photo database to determine if it’s genuine or a forgery. We receive a lot of questions because there are a lot of forgeries on the market. Your identity (name, e-mail, location etc.) will never be published nor publicly associated with the artwork.

Thank you!

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