A spokesman for Glasgow Life, the body which looks after public museums, said: "We're very grateful for the work of the police in bringing these paintings home to Glasgow. "However, every praise should be reserved for our senior curator whose keen eye illuminated the fact that the stolen Corot was up for auction. Without his wealth of knowledge and expertise, the works may still have been hanging elsewhere. "We will continue to work with UK police forces to ensure any stolen item is returned to Glasgow and we are grateful to the galleries who have readily assisted in this matter."
It is unusual to find a stolen Corot, a more common problem being forged works instead. His relatively simplistic painting style resulted in a huge production of Corot forgeries between 1870 and 1939. René Huyghe famously quipped that ”Corot painted three thousand canvases, ten thousand of which have been sold in America”. Adding to the problem, Corot was no ‘copyright activist’ and his relaxed attitude encouraged copying and forgery. He allowed his students to copy his works and would even sign their copies.
Source: BBC Scotland
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