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Old 02-28-2012, 08:22 PM
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How to sign copies of masters?

Hi all,

I'm just wondering what the convention is for signing copies of masterworks? For example, if you paint a copy of a Rembrandt, do you sign it "after Rembrandt" only? And if so, do you attempt to copy the original artist's signature?

I have painted copies of masterworks but have not signed them, and my question now is prompted by a family member who owns a painting that's signed "Eugene von Blaas." I'm pretty sure it is actually an "after Eugene von Blaas" painting, and not at all original, but since there seems to be some effort to copy the style of the signature, it made me wonder if there is a tradition about how these things are signed.

Any thoughts?

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Old 06-23-2012, 02:01 AM
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Re: How to sign copies of masters?

I would also like to know the answer to this question. Any replies please?
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:22 PM
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Re: How to sign copies of masters?

My guess is that you need to give the artist some sort of recognition in the title and that you sign your name.
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Re: How to sign copies of masters?

I sign and date them on the back, and include the original artist's name. Usually something like, "Magical Realist, after Caravaggio--2012." If the painting isn't well-known, I'll include the full title of the original work, as well as the artist's full name.

Signing copies on the front, with my own name, just doesn't feel right to me. It may be a painting I've made, but it's not truly my work.
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:10 AM
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Re: How to sign copies of masters?

I learned from a book somewhere that it is proper to sign YOUR name, and then under your signature you write "after Rembrant", etc, whose work it was that you copied. That is what I do.
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