The authentication process typically begins with a comparative analysis of a client’s work of art against works that have already been positively attributed to the artist in question. Oftentimes, this analysis provides sufficient evidence of inauthenticity. When results of the analysis are positive, we can move onto more historical and scientific means to confirm our opinion.
We would expect a piece by a particular artist to have several key similarities to his or her established style, so we consider many aspects, including, but not limited to: color palette, composition, subject matter, manner of brushwork, handling of light and shadows, size and overall technical skill.
Our experts are familiar with the oeuvres of most major European and American artists and have unparalleled access to museum archives, scholarly journals and international libraries. We are uniquely qualified to analyze the work of any artist from the entire span of Western art history.
To learn more about comparative analysis and how it is used to perform authentications, please contact us.