University of Jyväskylä

Monet's painting confirmed authentic by Research Centre for Art, RECENART®

Monet's Haystack in the evening sun being under research.RECENART®’s mobile laboratory team visited Serlachius Museums a couple of weeks ago to study some of their paintings. One of the paintings was Monet´s painting “Haystack in the evening sun” from 1891. The painting did not have a visible signature. The research was carried out by Art historian Tiina Koivulahti, Material analysts Seppo Hornytzkyj and Juhani Huuskonen, and Ilkka Pölönen, the IT-specialist.

With hyperspectral imaging the Monet signature was found underneath the paint layers. Also the pigment analysis made with XRF-spectrometer confirmed that the pigments are suited to Monet´s production. The painting has been owned by Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation since the 1950’s but it has not been researched before. The Monet´s painting was one of the first paintings to be researched and the surprise was great among the museum personnel and the research team, when the Claude Monet´s signature was revealed.

RECENART® - Research Centre for Art is a multiscientific team, led by the Art and Culture Studies in the University of Jyväskylä. The team consists of Art historians, Physicist, Chemists and IT-specialists. RECENART® offers unique on-site, as well as portable, analytical services for the art world. Built on the infrastructure of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, RECENART® has its foundation in the synergy of experienced art historians and innovative scientists. The team provides concrete and unbiased research results about works of art. RECENART® offers its services for authentication, dating and other forensic purposes. The RECENART® project is funded by Tekes,  the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

The original signing by Claude Monet
The original signing by Claude Monet

More info on the RECENART®:
Hanna Pirinen, Head of the team, Art historian, Docent.
Tiina Koivulahti, Project Manager, Art historian. +358 400 248 083
Information on behalf of the Serlachius Museums will give Pauli Sivonen, Director., +358 50 566 1355

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