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Procedures for authenticating  the  artwork, drawings and paintings of  Edgar  Degas






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 Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas was a French painter & an artist who is often regarded as the true founder of the French impressionist artist movement.


 When thinking of the art of Edgar Degas, you would automatically associate him with the ballet  & dancers, soft portraits drawn in pastel, women at their toilette, images of laundry workers, cabaret singers and racecourse scenes.


In essence, Edgar Degas works epitomise life in Paris where he was born and where he spent his life. But the majority of Degas fake works and forgeries on the open market today are undoubtedly based upon Degas fine ballet drawings in pastel and forgeries of his oil paintings.

Sadly, we see many examples of fake Degas art each year. Many Degas forgeries naturally appearing for sale on internet sites such as Ebay. But an ever increasing and alarming amount of fake Edgar Degas works coming onto the market through small auction houses and estate sales across the world.

































 British forger Tom Keating, the cheeky English faker of art, allegedly made dozens and dozens of fake Degas pastel drawings and Degas paintings in his long career.  All works of art which he signed with the famous name, 'Degas.'

Like the Degas fake illustrated here>


Another four fake Edgar Degas drawings appear below.


Degas Art Authentication - Before you begin


Before entering into a full investigation of the legitimacy of a work of art which you believe may possibly be by Edgar Degas, be it academic, forensic; or as with most cases, both, it is essential to know if the project is viable and more importantly, provable.
Much the same as you would need to know if you were taking a legal case to court.

Because at this level, societies demands are high. There is no place for hypothesis, assumption, supposition and opinion alone.

To judge the issue of viability, we always prefer to make a preliminary and vital professional pre authentication assessment for clients first. One based upon the images you supply and the full details of the work of arts history.

Logically, if it is not realistic to do so, you should not attempt it, as the risk of failure is too high.
This is a cost effective professional assessment and advisory service for which there is a modest set fee.

Please see our FAQ's which explains the process in detail.

A word of caution: Expert authentication research cannot be conducted from behind a desk geographically far away from where the artists physical archives are held. Nor can it be reliant upon the internet. Entirely why we have locations in Europe and the UK, where we have both the access and the expertise to conduct it efficiently.










Fake Degas by Tom Keating.  Degas Balerina in pastel

Keating Fake Degas Balerina drawn in pastel






Fake Degas Ballet drawing Fake Degas painting
Fake Degas Ballerina
Degas Fake Ballerina pastel drawing
^ Other Degas art fakers are not so good !  
Fake Degas Ballet drawing in pastel 







   But some Edgar Degas fakes & forgeries are very good indeed, winning over opinion easily with art investors & Degas admirers keen to acquire what they believe is an original Degas painting or drawing..

 Take a look at these convincing examples of Edgar Degas works below...both of which are fakes!



Degas Fake, woman ironing

Degas Fake, woman ironing




Fake Degas horse races painting

Fake Degas at the horse races painting

Tom Keatings variation of a Degas. A Fake

Tom Keating's variation of a Degas. A Fake




Degas, fake or legitimate sculpture?

Degas, fake or legitimate sculpture?





  The majority of fake Edgar Degas paintings and drawings we see and in particular Edgar Degas pastel studies are relatively new drawings and compositions. Works which are based on single elements taken from within an already authenticated major art works by the artist Edgar Degas. Perhaps just one figure plucked from within it and then replicated. As in the drawings to the left below

This type of forgery is designed to make the purchaser believe it is a genuine, Degas created - preliminary study made prior to the major work by the artist being accomplished.

In fact, it's the other way around. The finished Degas article comes first.... then along come the fakes.

Clever or not, it is still a crime, a fraud, a deception and a criminal act, deservedly criminally prosecuted internationally.







Authentic Degas painti ng   <  Fake Degas Pastel Ballerina                                             Fake Ballerina Drawing signed Degas            Degas forgey ballerina         


This fake Degas drawing (above right ) being the perfect example!                         Here's another!             And another Fake Degas








Freemanart:  Expert  in the  Fine  Art of  Authentication.



 The Freemanart Consultancy specialise in Art Authentication and have experts who specialise in French Impressionism and in particular the art drawings and paintings of Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas.

We are specifically here on the ground in Europe with access to closed archive to assist you with both investigations of legitimacy & valuations of Degas works alongside Edgar Degas authentication issues including identifying Degas fake works of art, DEgas authentification research and the forensic and academic investigation into the authentication of Degas paintings.

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Edgar Degas. Legitimate painting

Edgar Degas. Legitimate painting

Authentic Degas Ballerina work

Authentic Degas Ballerina work


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