Did I get your attention with the word "forgery"?
Copying great artists is a learning technique practiced since antiquity. Over the years, I've copied paintings by Manet, Monet, Macke, Van Gogh, and more recently, Picasso (see below). It has given me valuable insight into the subject of forgery, which I used in Killing Ulysses, my latest novel.
"Take pains and pleasure in copying the best works by the hands of great masters."
Cennino Cennini, 1370-1440
Detail I copied from Picasso's Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937. I changed his autumn palette to spring. Acrylic on primed canvas, 22" x 28"
Detail I copied from Picasso's Seated Girl, 1970.
Acrylic on primed canvas, 18"x24"