The Musée Terrus
A French museum in honor of the painter Étienne has discovered Terrus images you thought were from him were fakes.
The Terrus museum in Elne in the South of France, discovered that 82 of the works attributed to originally, which were not painted by the artist of him.
More than half of the collection is thought to be fake. The images cost about €160,000 (£140,000).
The Museum staff were not aware of the fakes, until a visit to an art historian alerted.
The Council in Elne bought the paintings, drawings and watercolours of the Museum over a period of 20 years.
Eric Forcada, an art historian, contacted to bring the museum into the city in the heart of Perpignan, a few months ago expressed his doubts about the authenticity of the paintings.
The museum set up a Committee of experts from the world of culture, who controls the work and found that 82 of them had not been painted, the a born artist.
The news was announced on Friday, when the museum re-opened after a renovation.
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In interviews on Friday, the mayor of the Pyrenees-city, Yves Barniol, said the situation was “a disaster” and apologised to those who visited the museum in good faith.
Terrus was born in 1857 and died in 1922 in Elne, although he lived most of his life in Roussillon, in the Pyrenees. He was a close friend of the painter Henri Matisse.
The Musée Terrus
Some of the pictures show buildings that were built after Terrus’ death, France 3 said.
The town hall has painted a lawsuit against those who ordered or sold the fake paintings.
Local police are investigating the case, which they say could have an impact on other regional artists.