Sunday, July 12, 2015

Fake or Fortune (Series 4 - 2015)

Fake or Fortune returned to our BBC1 screens last week with a fascinating programme about three small Lowry paintings. I won't spoil it for those who have not yet watched - but you can see the Lowry programme on BBC iPlayer.  The story about the paints seems to have advanced knowledge of Lowry's work.  I loved the investigation by photography and film!

Tonight it's the turn of Renoir to be investigated - Renoir (BBC iPlayer )

The third programme is about A Mystery Old Master - which starts in a church attended by the Bronte sisters in Yorkshire and ends up Italy

On the website you can view:
Fake or Fortune series 4

Fake or Fortune - previous series

You can find out more about the artists covered in previous series 
  • Series 1 - Monet, Winslow Homer, Han van Meergeren and Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Series 2 - Degas, Turner and van Dyck
  • Series 3 - Vuillard, Constable, Chagall and Gainsborough
Unfortunately, these episodes are not still available as BBC unlike other channels does not choose to maintain an archive of past series.


  1. It's a fascinating programme. It shows how strange a world the hierachy of the art world is.

  2. It highlights for me the very strange discrepancies which can arise between objective and independently validated evidence - and the opinions of those who aspire to be the highest authorities on an artist.

    I really do wonder why the auction houses pay such credence to opinion as opposed to fact.

  3. I really enjoy the programme. It's amazing how much they can find out just in a tiny sample of paint! In the last series though, one painting (I forget which) was scientifically proven to be genuine, however the deciding factor in the end, was the opinion of a pompous individual who was clearly out to protect his own reputation rather that doing what was right and admitting that he had been wrong about the painting in the past. I feel that things should change in that respect. After all, it was him and him alone that stood between one man and his fortune. I thought that was very sad.


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