I'm always up for a well reverse engineered 'sexton blake'* Dutch Old Master still life [link] . In fact I photographed one of my own courtesy of the Fortnum and Mason window dressers [link] .
*sexton blake is rhyming slang for fake. It was how that lovable old rogue picture restorer and quondam fine art 'forger' Tom Keating described his own tributes to various old masters, including Rembrandt [link] !
Well, I'm in love with Dutch painters and the way they light their works. My work is easy because I haven't to use paint (but I made the composition in house with my own fruit, hehe) I didn't know Keating, great video! Strange photo that F&M window... looks like paint, but still has 3D
I used the Photoshop 'dry brush' filter on its finest settings. That season Fortun & Mason had diaramas emulating old masters from the National Gallery. These are all the F&M photos [link] . You can see, in the wide view, how they made the drapery spill out over the bottom edge of the picture frame. Even the Breughel and Caneletto imations were 3-D works with miniature figures, gondolas, etc. Tom Keating did get into a certain amount of legal bother for 'allowing' some of his imitations of the masters to be take for the real thing and even hung in galleries whose curators 'should have known better'. Some works in modern acrylic paint had even been passed off as works in oils. At one point he was restoring a mural in a Buckingham Palace stair well when Her Majesty came buy and said "I didn't even know we had a painting here!" It had been obscured by old fashioned copal varnish which had gone nearly black with age. Keating had discovered that he could soften it with Nitromors [a very powerful solvent that will strip car body paint!] and remove it a feew inches at a time with an ordinary razor blade.] He had just 'cleaned' part of a horse's arse when HM asked him what the detail in the painting was... "I think it may be part of the rear quarters of a horse, Madame!" he replied. The old varnish was taken away in buckets. There were hundredweights of it!
The Keating videos were all part of a series shown on BBC TV in which he painted a reverse angle view of Constable's Hay Wain, 'copied' Monet's La Grenuillere and Manet's Olympia, and demonstrated the painting techniques of Samuel Palmer [I believe it was some of his 'sexton blake' Palmers that got him into trouble], Titian, Degas and Rembrandt.
These are real Palmers [link] . Keating seemed to become almost possessed by the dead painter as he demonstrated how Palmer used egg tempera and executed his distinbctively luminous, mystical, pastoral paintings. Unfortunately that particular program doesn't seem to be available to view, but you can see him 'inventing' a Degas ballet dancer drawing in pastels here [link] .