Apr 29, 2015
By Michael Kramer
The origin of a replica painting hung at Britain’s Dulwich Gallery – as part of a Spot-The-Fake challenge, has been revealed.
Since February, an 18th century painting by Jean-Honore Fragonard titled “Young Woman” has been replaced by a $120 counterfeit, produced in China.
Gallery visitors were asked if they could identify the fake painting – lurking among the 270 Old Master paintings at Dulwich.
Nearly 3,000 people voted – but only about 10 percent got it right.
The fake Fragonard was created by The Meishing Oil Painting Manufacture Company, where 150 artists make copies of well-known works by the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet.
Strictly speaking, the paintings are not absolute fakes – since Meishing is careful to change the sizes slightly from the original masterworks.