As fake as it gets

Nov 15, 2020 | Art-Test News, Authentications & attributions, Highlights

Trump will leave the White House and hopefully he is packing his lies and anti-scientific attitude.

How about his art? He loves fakes to bits.

He is known for having a phony Renoir in his apartment (formerly on his plane), and having raided the France’s ambassador residence taking a Benjamin Franklin bust, a Franklin portrait and a set of figurines of Greek mythical characters.

However, they were also fakes. The figurines date to the early 20th century and were made by Neapolitan artist Luigi Avolio, simulating a 16th or 17th centuries style.

After White House art curators examined the pieces, also the Franklin bust appeared to be a replica. The Franklin portrait snagged from Paris was also a copy of the one by Joseph Siffred Duplessis painted in France in 1785, which now hangs in the Oval.

Instead, he did not want to buy an original Andy Warhol, that the pop art artist made for the Trump tower: it did not match the colour scheme.

So we though it could be now the right moment to offer him this authentic masterpiece.

Go Kamala Go!