HUMAN NATURE IS FOR ORDINARY ARTISTS TO IMITATE MASTERS;
A POSITIVE STEP IS ONLY TO INNOVATE AND LEARN PICTORIAL ART;
ON OTHER HAND, A NEGATIVE STEP IS TO SEEK MARKET FOR SAME.
EXPLORATIONS IN ART LOOKS AT CHUGHTAI FAKE MARKET IN CHINA
Every great Master is copied with time. You name it, copy makers exist for doing same. But many copy to learn and move into innovative techniques. Improving skills is not wrong. Others to make money. Obviously, the ordinary copy makers are no good and are caught in seconds. Exceptional talent preys on people.
Some remarks from fake Chinese market:
“A so-called Chinese “urban village,” Dafen once produced an estimated 60 percent of all the world’s oil paintings. During its heyday—when the village’s reputation as an art factory rang truer than today—it almost exclusively cranked out copies of paintings in the Western art canon. These canvases found their way into hotel rooms, show homes, and furniture outlets all around the world. Not bad for somewhere that until the late 1980s was a largely overlooked and decidedly rural backwater on the periphery of Shenzhen. “
“Meanwhile, cheaper and more efficient production methods have been developed. Many copies are now first printed onto canvases in high-definition, after which art workers apply just enough paint to make it appear as if they were painted by hand, a process which requires significantly less skill and produces a more consistent result.”
“The idea of replicating the work of top painters is nothing new. In the time of Rubens, “if you wanted a copy of his beautiful Venus and Mars, you would just contact his studio … and order one,” Bray noted.
“What we’re doing here is just showing that the practice has now moved to China,” he said.
Millions of replicas are produced every year in China for a global and also domestic market, focused around the studios and workshops in the southern village of Dafen.”
This Chinese market is still a very secretive market as far as Chughtai art is concerned. Mention is made of four possible works. We are giving pictorial of one work. There are others. The funny part is that CHUGHTAI hated the OIL technique. Some pseudo analysts and experts have looked at Chughtai fakes and made conjecture that perhaps Chughtai also did oils in his works. Mere hullabaloo, nothing else. But the Chinese claim that they can also do same in water colour. Is it not time to trust the greatest Chughtai art expert in the world! That is of course me, Arif Rahman Chughtai, son of the artist and Director of Chughtai Museum in Lahore. Chinese have the highest marks in making fakes but there are still give away signs. Ask me!