We live in a world where the opinion of an expert/art historian/connoisseur can mean that a Modigliani work be valued in millions or less than nothing (a copy or a fake from 17th ct. has a value for antique, a copy or a fake from a 20th ct. artist has the same value as the canvas where it was painted).
We have to face that and accept it, is a fact we can't change.
As any other Human Managed issue it can get dirty and have a gap to hell or to hope. my point here is to present the reality as it is, not to judge it.
So let's start with some facts:
- Actually no new opinion is valid to auction (in the majors) a work by Modigliani.
- There is no catalogue raisonné free of doubts and gaps in any artist all over art history.
- Modigliani is one of the worst to include a new one because of the experts battles.
- The actual state of the problem make even more expensive a limited number of works.
The only reliable Modigliani catalogue for the major auctions is the- Ambrogio Ceroni catalogue - there are a few big problems with this catalogue but it stills as the main resource because of the fights and mess of the others.
Take a look at the actual and past experts, discover piles of information on all of them (I still working on it so check them quite often) and take a look at what was said is good and what the "experts"think that is a Modigliani and what is not...
- Past (dead) experts
- What is a Catalogue Raisonné and why they simply don't work well?
- Actual (living) experts
- Catalogue Raisonné on Modigliani
- How to do an expertise
- News on the experts