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Fake or Fortune?

  • Season 7
  • 5 episodes
  • Arts
  • Education

Summary

Fiona Bruce teams up with art expert Philip Mould to investigate mysteries behind paintings.

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Episode 3: Henry Moore

Summary

Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould investigate a small watercolour sketch that could be the work of sculptor Henry Moore. The piece was found in 2012 in a hoard of artwork stolen by the Nazis. While the unidentified piece has many characteristics of Moore's work, none of the other artworks recovered were by British artists, so it remains a mystery how it came to be there. The team must not only find out who created it, but also who it belonged to, since it may have been looted from Jewish owners during the Holocaust and will need to be returned to surviving descendants.
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A stash of around 1,500 artworks was discovered in Munich in 2012 in the flat of an elderly German man, Cornelius Gurlitt. Among the hoard was a collage purported to be by Henry Moore. But why would a piece by a British sculptor end up in a collection of Nazi-confiscated art? It’s possible that Hitler considered it “degenerate art”, but it doesn’t explain how it got to Germany.

During his lifetime, Moore made thousands of sketches in preparation for his sculptures and rarely gave them a descriptive title, but this one has no date and no signature either, making it even harder for Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould to authenticate it. Moore’s daughter Mary is encouraging though: “I can see his hand in it,” she announces. But is her confidence alone likely to be enough to get it into Moore’s catalogue raisonné?

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  • Episode 3

    Henry Moore

    Summary

    Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould investigate a small watercolour sketch that could be the work of sculptor Henry Moore. The piece was found in 2012 in a hoard of artwork stolen by the Nazis. While the unidentified piece has many characteristics of Moore's work, none of the other artworks recovered were by British artists, so it remains a mystery how it came to be there. The team must not only find out who created it, but also who it belonged to, since it may have been looted from Jewish owners during the Holocaust and will need to be returned to surviving descendants.
    Recommended

    Review

    A stash of around 1,500 artworks was discovered in Munich in 2012 in the flat of an elderly German man, Cornelius Gurlitt. Among the hoard was a collage purported to be by Henry Moore. But why would a piece by a British sculptor end up in a collection of Nazi-confiscated art? It’s possible that Hitler considered it “degenerate art”, but it doesn’t explain how it got to Germany.

    During his lifetime, Moore made thousands of sketches in preparation for his sculptures and rarely gave them a descriptive title, but this one has no date and no signature either, making it even harder for Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould to authenticate it. Moore’s daughter Mary is encouraging though: “I can see his hand in it,” she announces. But is her confidence alone likely to be enough to get it into Moore’s catalogue raisonné?

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterFiona Bruce
    PresenterPhilip Mould

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorLucy Swingler
    Executive producerJudith Winnan
    Series producerLucy Swingler

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