1918 - 1984
Tom Keating was an infamous art forger and art restorer who reputedly forged the work of more than one hundred artists. He went to great lengths to generate misleading provenances for his paintings. This included acquiring old frames containing Christie's auction labels and installing new pictures in the style of the original artists.
Keating's profession was art restoration but he also painted houses for additional income. Although he did exhibit his own work he was never successful in his own right and he remains famous for his forgeries to this day.
Keating believed the art world to be corrupt with critics and dealers pursuing vested interests in declaring which art that should be valued and respected. His response to this was to forge in order to mislead the so-called experts. His plan was to undermine the system. He often incorporated clues into his work which he could subsequently expose as proof of his intentions.
Keating's own favourite was Rembrandt, who's style he revered and copied.
Henry Cooper, the boxer, was a collector of Keating's work as were other celebrities. Since his death his paintings have become increasingly sought after and now attain good prices at auction.
This picture by Tom Keating, the infamous art forger, is after John Crome, founder of the Norwich School. It depicts cattle grazing in an open field on a blustery sunny day in the Norfolk flatlands, possibly with farm outbuildings in the background lining the horizon of the picture. Dashes of blue and water in the foreground seem to indicate the cattle are drifting aimlessly towards the flats and lowlands of the Broads. Keating specialised in his interpretation of these vast open low lying spaces, captivating the beholders eye, offering a sense of abandonment and freedom. This is a delightful picture which would equally grace home or boardroom. The picture is sold with a certificate of authenticity from the Sygun Museum of Wales.
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||Cattle grazing in a Field
||8" x 5"
||13" x 10"
||Acrylic on paper
Detail from painting Cattle grazing in a Field by Tom Keating