Sham Artist

From artnet news:

Watching Donald Trump being interviewed on 60Minutes shortly after Election Day 2016, eagle-eyed art lovers might have noticed what looked like a painting by French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir hanging on a wall behind the president-elect. The especially astute might have noticed that it looked suspiciously familiar.

two sisters on the terrace renoir

Original painting

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New York Times business reporter Timothy O’Brien had seen the painting before, on Trump’s personal jet, back when the president was still a private citizen. When Trump told O’Brien that it was the genuine article, O’Brien declared, “Donald, it’s not. I grew up in Chicago, that Renoir is called Two Sisters (on the Terrace), and it’s hanging on a wall at the Art Institute of Chicago. That’s not an original.” O’Brien, who recalled the meeting in an interview with Vanity Fair‘s Hive podcast, also remembers that the day after that exchange. He says Trump pointed out the painting again, as though the conversation had never happened. (A representative for the Art Institue of Chicago confirmed that Two Sisters is part of the museum’s collection but declined to comment further.)

Two art historians were willing to comment on the painting. While neither spoke to President Trump’s assertions, their observations leave little doubt about the painting’s authenticity.

Richard Brettell is chair of aesthetic studies at the University of Texas in Dallas, a Yale University Ph.D., director of the Dallas Museum of Art, and author of several books on Impressionism. His verdict? It’s a fake.


Richard Rand, associate director for collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum, in Malibu, California, reached a similar conclusion.


Neither the president nor his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, responded to tweeted requests for comment. A staffer in the White House’s press office did not respond to requests for comment.

This isn’t the first time the authenticity of Trump’s art collection been called into question. In April 2016, the New York Post reported that a version of Renoir’s 1874 canvas La Loge (The Theater Box) adorned Melania Trump’s Fifth Avenue apartment. The original, however, hangs at London’s Courtauld Art Institute. […]

According to Vanity Fair’s Mark Bowden, Trump once bragged to the reporter that a “Renoir” hanging on the wall of his private jet was “worth $10 million,” pointing to the signature. Bowden didn’t specify the painting’s title at that time.

O’Brien, for his part, was quite willing to draw conclusions about Trump’s state of mind for the Vanity Fair podcast.

“He believes his own lies,” O’Brien said, “in a way that lasts for decades.”


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9 responses to “Sham Artist

  1. Friend of the court

    in the late 19th century, the taco salads , in Paris, were served on a stick.

  2. This is a good one, everything about Model T is fake. Does he believe his own lies? I really don’t think that he does. He believes or expects others to believe that what ever he says he is the truth. He is a pathological liar and thinks everyone is so gullible that they believe anything he says to be the truth. He has the “I am more important and superior to you” complex. Therefore, you WILL BELIEVE WHAT I SAY.”

    • I would like to think that the asshole got scammed and paid a bunch of bucks for a fake Renoir. However, I think he’s just an arrogant asshole who thinks he can say things are real when he knows they aren’t. Just look at Ivanka’s 3rd nose and new chin, as well as her and Melanoma’s fake boobs, and Melanoma’s face that is pulled so tight she hasn’t blinked in years. He will swear neither one had any work done, just as he will say he never had a hair implant or a weave.

  3. the loony tic

    when you can scam 40% of the electorate then lying becomes part of the game. and when there are no repercussions to lying & you become president of the un-united states because of it, then why stop?

    • Good to know that we agree he is a habitual liar and that he knows he is lying and he really thinks everyone will or should believe him. His bs began in childhood and he’s been lying his entire life. It probably began in the cradle. 🙂

    • The 40% he has managed to hoodwink (not that hard, they aren’t too bright) is just a small slice of the populace. If people would get off their asses and vote, that 40% would have to crawl back under their rocks.

      • the loony tic

        and the majority of americans have that control. let’s see what direction they want this country to go in and if they’re smart enough and angry enough to get out and vote.