05.10.2015

Newest research results from the Serlachius collection

In addition to Claude Monet’s painting, ”Haystack in the evening sun”, RECENART confirmed the artists of several other paintings: Eugéne Boudin, Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Ilja Repin and Edouard Vuillard.

Recenart- Research Center for Art researchers, from the University of Jyväskylä, finalised their Serlachius museum reports last spring. In addition to Claude Monet’s painting, ”Haystack in the evening sun”, Recenart confirmed the artists of several other paintings: Eugéne Boudin, Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Ilja Repin and Edouard Vuillard.

The only surprise was a painting that was acquired to the collection as a work by  Pehr Hilleström ; it turned out that the painting was bearing an Ida Silfverberg signature. The auction painting, purchased in 2000 by the art foundation, turned out to be a Hilleström forgery. The signature of the popular Swedish artist was painted in a clumsy manner both to the front and back of the painting

The work of Finnish Ida Silfverberg is fairly unknown to the public; she spent a large part of her life abroad. Her Ducat prizes, received during what could be considered the prime of the artist’s career in the 1860s, increased the appreciation given to her in artist circles. However, only a few paintings of Silfverberg ended up in art collections.

The artworks from the Kivijärvi collection were recognised

Five French paintings, representing realism and modernism, belonging to the Kivijärvi collection donated to Mänttä in 2011, were investigated. All the artist’s names, such as Corot, Courbet, Morisot, Boudin and Vuillard, met the expectations. The art pieces were shown in the Turku art museum’s ”Harry Kivijärvi” exhibition, which presented the artist’s own works in addition to his collections of art from the past.

In addition to researching Monet’s painting, another impressionistic painting by Camille Pissarro garnered publicity. In a television program of current affairs, a pictorial of Pissarro’s ’Shephard girl resting in the grass’ was presented and its history of ownership was put into question. It was the results from a Recenart analysis that confirmed the authenticity of the art piece. Information, gathered by the researcher of Musée D’Orsay in Paris was publisised. According to that information, the piece of art has been acknowledged internationally; it has been documented in Parisian archives. Moreover, remnants detected on the back of the artwork ,relating to the famous Parisian gallerist Paul Durand-Ruel’s art slips, helped to clarify the history of the piece of art. Durand-Ruel supported the impressionists and channelled their works to the buyers. As an art collector, he acquired a significant collection of his favourite impressionists, among others specifically Monet and Pissarro.

Recenart makes use of the University of Jyväskylä’s multiscientific expertise

Optical and material scientific research of art combined with expertise in art history forms the core competency of RECENART. A customer presents a question to the research team, and the team gives objective and unbiased research result as an answer. Searching for information often means inspecting the art work on the elemental level, and/or capturing pictures taken from a nanometric level. RECENART serves various organisations and art collectors internationally; those seeking additional information on the history or the authenticity of the art work. 

More information about the scientific research gives Hanna Pirinen, hanna.k.pirinen@jyu.fi, +358 (0)50 428 5264. Provenance questions can be addressed to Tarja Talvitie, Serlachius Museums. +358 (0)40 638 6700 tarja.talvitie@serlachius.fiwww.serlachius.fi.