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Alice by Amedeo modigliani - found at a garage sale?

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Alice by Amedeo modigliani - found at a garage sale?

I found a picture at a garage sale, thought it looked neat and bought it. I know nothing about it, was hoping someone else would.

Alice by Amedeo Modigliani, by googling it. Painting is smooth all over, framed, on some sort of wood. Pictures are coming ASAP.

Wondering if anyone knows the origin or value.

Thanks !

Pics:

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/38/imageeke.jpg/

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/801/imagepqo.jpg/

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/441/imagebtb.jpg/

In the third picture you can see the edges of the wood stuff it is on, which is not machine cut, which is why I think it may be old.
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I'm 100% sure it's not the original (I think that's in Denmark). Modigliani is a major artist; there would be lots of reproductions made of his work. It is either a printed copy, which is more than likely because you say the surface is smooth, or it's a reproduction done by an "artist" in one of those workshops that produces affordable artwork to the masses.
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It is definitely not one of those reproductions, as there are no brush strokes on it, and am sure it's not the original as well. Looking to learn the age of the piece and value if there is any.
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Why do you think it is valuable if it is a reproduction? It sounds like it is a printed copy so it would be worth whatever it cost to print something.
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I can see why the OP is interested in finding the value. I found a Norval Morrisseau (Aboriginal artist) framed, numbered and signed print at a garage sale many years ago. I paid $4 for it and I'm sure it is worth a lot more. The problem with appraisals is that they are often more expensive than the piece is worth.
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Mars2012 wrote:
Aug 9th, 2012 12:39 pm
I can see why the OP is interested in finding the value. I found a Norval Morrisseau (Aboriginal artist) framed, numbered and signed print at a garage sale many years ago. I paid $4 for it and I'm sure it is worth a lot more. The problem with appraisals is that they are often more expensive than the piece is worth.
Exactly. I am sure it is worth something, just how much is the question.
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hdom wrote:
Aug 9th, 2012 12:22 pm
These guys sell the reproduction for a few hundred depends on size.

http://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Amedeo-M ... Alice.html
Look more closely at the website. I found that too before I posted. The website is selling HAND MADE reproductions. They go to countries with low labour cost and get people to paint them by hand. The OP has seems like a PRINTED reproduction. There are no signature and no markings. The painted was done in 1915 so obviously the technology to do this type of reproduction did not exist at the time.
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"Hand MADE" likely means it was printed onto canvas and mounted on to a backing frame by hand.
AnimeEd wrote:
Aug 9th, 2012 6:40 pm
Look more closely at the website. I found that too before I posted. The website is selling HAND MADE reproductions. They go to countries with low labour cost and get people to paint them by hand. The OP has seems like a PRINTED reproduction. There are no signature and no markings. The painted was done in 1915 so obviously the technology to do this type of reproduction did not exist at the time.
The Devil made me buy it - RFD. :twisted:

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