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Not Matisse. A couple of scammers from Finland convicted for 5 years selling fakes

A prison sentence and an obligation to pay damages of 13 million euros were received by a married couple from Finland for selling hundreds of fake works of art. For five years, fraudsters have been deceiving customers, posing as fakes for the works of European impressionists, avant-gardists and Russian followers of romanticism.A court in Helsinki ruled that the couple - the gallery owners Kati Marjatta Karkkiainen and Reijo Pollari - deceived private collectors and auction houses for millions of euros. They sold them paintings supposedly created by such pillars of impressionism and modernism as Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and Wassily Kandinsky, as well as the popular 19th century Finnish artist Albert Edelfelt.
Each spouse was convicted of thirty points of aggravated fraud. Karkkiainen was sentenced to four years behind bars, and Pollari received a five-year sentence. In addition, eight of their accomplices were convicted. They will have to spend up to three years in prison.The painting, which fraudsters issued for the product of the Finnish artist Reidar Syarestёniemi. Photo: Valtion Taidemuseo-KonservoinThe forgers have long acted with impunity. However, the authorities took up the investigation of a possible crime, when several fakes were revealed on the market leading to them. According to AFP news agency, the most expensive painting that the couple was able to sell was the work of the supposedly French artist Fernand Leger. For her rogues managed to gain 2.2 million euros. In its written verdict, the court showed surprising awareness, saying: “The theme of the painting itself was typical of Leger, who was considered the predecessor of pop art. However, her interpretation was incredibly weak, and her writing style was childish. ”Counterfeits for the work of Ilkki Lammi and Fernand Leger. Photo: IltalehtiA total of the investigators tracked more than 220 suspicious canvases. They were transferred to the expertise of art historians and restorers from the National Gallery of Finland. After conducting a series of analyzes, they determined that the vast majority of the works were fake. Detectives traced fakes to a self-taught artist living in southern Finland. Previously, he was serving a sentence for a crime not related to this case.
The fake works are confiscated by the authorities, but the investigators warn that there can still be works sold by the clever couple on the market. Art: read us in Telegram and look on Instagram
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