Experts consulted by The Associated Press have concluded that revealed photographs of the work now on sale present nothing greater than a replica of Kahlo’s portray.
Helga Prignitz-Poda, an artwork historian who has fruitlessly tried to monitor down the long-lost portray, mentioned that there are clear variations between the work on the market and previous images of the unique and that there are similarities between the provided work with inaccurate replicas primarily based on these previous photographs.
In addition, she mentioned, Kahlo did the portray on wooden and never on canvas. The work on the market is described as a canvas portray.
Cristian López, the Spanish artwork seller who says he represents the nameless proprietor of the portray, stands agency in defending its authenticity.
“Time will give us the truth,” López mentioned throughout a telephone dialog wherein he provided few particulars on the portray.
López, who’s little identified within the artwork world, mentioned specialists have endorsed the portray’s authenticity, however he declined to establish them.
“Whoever proves genuine interest and the ability to pay the figure of 40 million euros, can spend as much time as wanted with their experts analyzing the work,” López mentioned.
“The Wounded Table” was unveiled on the International Surrealism Exhibition in 1940 in Mexico City. It features a self-portrait of Kahlo at a protracted desk, flanked by a Holy Week Judas and a monster that embraces her, whereas the 2 sons of her sister stand at one finish and her pet fawn is on the different. Blood flows from knots of the wooden desk, which is taken into account to symbolize the artist’s anguish of the simply concluded divorce from Rivera.
Kahlo donated the portray to the Soviet Union in 1945 for a deliberate Mexico room on the Museum of Western Art in Moscow, however Soviet artwork officers disdained surrealism as decadent and the undertaking was dropped. The Mexican works ended up in a cellar.
A yr after Kahlo’s loss of life, a Mexican group organized a touring artwork exhibition for exhibits in Soviet bloc nations and organized for a mortgage of “The Wounded Table.” Prignitz-Poda mentioned there may be photographic proof the 46-inch by 98-inch portray was proven in Warsaw, however nothing is thought of it after that. There isn’t any clue whether or not it was returned to Moscow, destroyed or maybe acquired by somebody.
Susana Pliego, an artwork historian who has studied the work of each Kahlo and Rivera, is among the many specialists who don’t suppose the portray on the market is the actual factor.
She mentioned there’s a massive downside with faked Kahlo portray as a result of the artwork market thirsts for extra works by an artist who produced solely about 200 work earlier than her loss of life in 1954.
“Fridamania has been a marketing invention,” mentioned Pliego, who directs cultural programming on the Casa de México in Madrid and who labored for years on Kahlo’s archive. “Because her paintings are sold so expensively, someone makes a proposal to see if anyone falls for it.”
Hans-Jérgen Gehrke, an artwork collector who operates a museum devoted to Kahlo’s works in southwestern Germany, considers it “implausible, if not directly ridiculous,” that an unknown 22-year-old businessman working a web site from a city in northwestern Spain is the guardian of the lacking portray.
“There are thousands of Frida Kahlo fakes,” Gehrke mentioned. “She is possibly the artist who has painted more dead than in life.”
Associated Press author Aritz Parra reported this story in Madrid and AP author Berenice Bautista reported from Mexico CIty.
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