Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fake Painting

Viktor Vekselberg, one of the world’s richest men, paid £1.7 million for Odalisque, a nude said to be the work of Russian artist Boris Kustodiev.

The price was 10 times the pre-sale estimate and represented the “pure absurdity” of the art market, the court heard.

Soon after the purchase in 2005, experts working for Mr Vekselberg’s arts fund, Aurora, began to cast doubt on the picture’s authenticity. They claimed that Kustodiev’s signature, dated 1919, was done in an aluminium-based pigment not available until after the artist’s death in 1927.
Read the whole story here.

Callanish Stone Circle

Callanish Stone Circle by F. Lennox Campello, c. 1998
Callanish Stone Circle (Clachan Chalanais), Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
My favorite stone circle on the planet - even more spectacular than Stonehenge and a lot harder to get to... I took a million photos from all angles and have done about 100 drawings as well.