- A museum in France reopened and discovered that out of the 140 works that make up the collection, 82 are fake
- The mayor described it as a catastrophe for their municipality
- He insisted that the investigation would continue until the culprits have been found
On Friday, April 27, Elne, France re-opened its Etienne Terrus museum to display the works of the local artist who was born in 1857.
According to Asia One, they invited an art historian named Eric Forcada to reorganize the museum. Only then did they find that out of the 140 works that make up the collection, 82 were fake.
“Knowing that people have visited the museum and seen a collection most of which is fake, that’s bad. It’s a catastrophe for the municipality.” said mayor Yves Barniol on Friday.
Forcada said that he had seen straight away that most of the works were fake: “On one painting, the ink signature was wiped away when I passed my white glove over it.”
“At a stylistic level, it’s crude. The cotton supports do not match the canvas used by Terrus. And there are some anachronisms,” Eric added.
The mayor insisted that the investigation would continue until the culprits had been found.
Forcada said that prior to the scandal, paintings by Terrus could be worth 15,000 euros (Php 941,328.66) and drawings and watercolours would sell for up to 2,000 euros (Php 124,784.00).