Skip to comments.Well-Known Norman Rockwell Painting Found Behind Fake Wall
Posted on 04/06/2006 1:39:43 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.-One of Norman Rockwell's most famous paintings was found hidden behind a fake wall in its owner's home, proving that the version the owner had long displayed was a forgery, family members and experts said.
They believe that the owner, illustrator Donald Trachte Sr., made the copy of "Breaking Home Ties" himself in the early 1970s, deades after he bought it from Rockwell and made it the centerpiece of his art collection.
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What a buzz...own the original, and make a copy so good your friends think it's Rockwell...all while safekeeping the original!
They better watch out for the former Mrs. Trachte's divorce lawyer!
"Experts and Trachte's family members had puzzled over inconsistencies between the Post cover and the canvas they assumed was an original. Among other things, the coloration and boy's face seemed different, but experts blamed poor preservation and sloppy restoration work.
Then, last month, conservationists determined the painting hadn't been restored.
Trachte's sons became more convinced that the work on their hands was a fake. A few days later, while scouring his father's studio, David Trachte, 54, noticed a gap in the wood paneling. He and his brother pulled it out, revealing the real Rockwell and other paintings his father had apparently copied.
"It's hard for me right now; I haven't uncovered enough to know when or why he did it," said Trachte Jr., 59."
How stupid .... and what if the sons didn't decide to disassemble the wall ??
This is my favorite Rockwell painting. This picture came out as a Post cover the same year I went off to college. I grew up on a farm and went away to college to a big city. As a result I could really identify with the picture. I thought the picture was a little over the top but I certainly understood the message.
For the highly cultured and literate amongst us
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What a great painting. Reminds me of a lot of people I know.
Over the top? It is fabulous in every respect.
But Geraldo still didn't find Capone's vault.
It's almost like the plot of a hokey mystery novel.
heh heh...But, I think yours is the forgery.
I really like it. If you have known people like that, as you obviously have, it really resonates.
Nothing the Dadaists or Cubists have produced can compare with Rockwell.
Or something out of a Rockwell painting....
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