I mentioned a few weeks ago how I was casually looking around at condos for the idea of possibly buying something in the fall, and I’ve seen a few crazy things. Well, I also saw something that is both somewhat humorous and amazing at the same time. I saw a condo for sale in South Orange which had a stunning collection of Van Gogh canvases … or rather, amazing copies of Van Gogh canvases. I find it kind of humorous, because anyone entering this home would know that they’re not real, because they’re well-known pieces that are in musuems, and so no one is being fooled here. But on the flip side, the astonishing attention to detail – the near exact replication, the thick paint, the brushstrokes – it was all there. I don’t care how fake they were, they were amazing! I semi-jokingly mentioned to the real estate agent that I’d love to know where the owner bought these, but she just brushed me off as someone more interested in the art than in the condo.
So, let’s take a look at this fine collection of Vincent Van Gogh fakes. First up, over the fireplace, an excellent reproduction of Van Gogh’s “Irises,” from May 1890.
Just past the Irises, in the hallway (below left), we’ve got a small copy of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” from 1888. The scale isn’t right, but the reproduction is excellent.
In the second bedroom, a copy of the one-and-only Starry Night … again, the scale is off, but the copy is quite nice.
And finally, in the master bedroom, hanging over the bed, we’ve got “The Harvest,” June 1888 (at left), and “Irises,” 1889 (at right). So, what do you think? Is this overkill on the Van Gogh forgeries? Or is it a fun collection? The fact that they were so well made and had such a vibrant presence with the thick oil paint, I thought it was fun to see. If I were to have a collection of fakes, though, I might throw in a Picasso and a Matisse, perhaps a Gauguin. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.