ELNE – A French museum has a painful discovery that has been made. After research revealed that more than half of the collection is a fake. “It is a catastrophe.”
The museum in the South of france Elne is dedicated to the painter Étienne Terrus (1857-1922), who was born in the little town at the foot of the Pyrenees. The municipality bought the paintings, drawing and watercolors over the last twenty years. Last year brought an art historian, a visit to the museum and expressed his doubts about the authenticity of some works.
Then contacted the museum experts that the collection examined. The conclusion was a painful one: 82 work -more than half of the collection turned out to be not by Terrus to be made. The work cost the municipality about 160.000 euro, know BBC.
“It is a catastrophe,” says mayor Yves Barniol of Elne against France Bleu. He offers his apologies to all the tourists that the museum in recent years have visited. The municipality has lodged a complaint against the makers and sellers of fake work. “I hope that we, the perpetrators,” said the mayor.