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Red, black and silver

Painting, 1956, 60.9×50.8 cm

Description of the artwork «Red, black and silver»

This work can be called one of the most acclaimed paintings of Jackson Pollock. Of course, if it really is written in his hand. Canvas "Red, black and silver" was the subject of years of war between the artist's mistress, Ruth Kligman and his widow Lee Krasner. Kligman claimed that this was the last written by Pollock before his death. Moreover, he wrote on her eyes, and when the painting was completed, gave her beloved with the words: "Here's your painting, your very own Pollock". Krasner insisted that the artist really stopped writing long before death, and this painting is nothing more than a fake, and not very skillful.

Until recently, to verify the authenticity of the painting had no chance. Krasner created the Council involved in establishing the authenticity of the paintings of Pollock, still did not recognize the artist by the author of this work. In favor of their conclusion says that the painting is not signed and created in an unusual Pollock colours. Kligman, who over a lifetime have contributed to his "don Juan list" a lot of famous painters, until his death in 2010, fought with the Council, proving the authenticity of the picture.

And only now, when all the participants of this history have already gone to the other world, with the help of independent forensic examination failed to evidence linking Pollock's work "Red, black and silver". Forensic expert Nicolas Petraco, who studied the picture found it is not only wool polar bear rug from the house of the artist and the soil particles, typical for the area but also the hair of the Pollock. According to Petraco, these findings are more than convincing. Whatever it was, the fate of the painting has not been resolved so far.

If the authenticity is confirmed by other experts, the canvas may leave the auction at least $ 60 million, and the notoriety may not raise its price to record highs.

By the way, is not the only picture, persistently attributed to Pollock: the story of another hype.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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Art form: Painting

Style of art: Abstract expressionism, Abstractionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1956

Size: 60.9×50.8 cm

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