Alfred Sisley’s House in a Village: Real or Fake?

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Painting attributed to Alfred Sisley, House in a Village, dated at bottom, May 16 - 1874, oil on canvas, James E. Roberts Fund.

Has a crime been committed? Where will the evidence lead? In Fall 2012 IMA Conservation Scientist Gregory Dale Smith analyzed a painting in the IMA’s collection that was suspected of being a forgery by IMA Associate Curator for Research, Annette Schlagenhauff. Historical research had led Schlagenhauff to question whether House in a Village was painted by the Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley. With the tools at Smith’s disposal, would he be able to corroborate this theory based on material analysis? Join Smith and Schlagenhauff for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the research they conducted on House in a Village.

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