Illustrator Is Flabbergasted To Find Ripoff Of Her Work Credited To Dead Artist
By Izza Sofia, 18 Jun 2019
Image via Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock.com
An artist has shockingly found her painting displayed at a Bulgarian art gallery without her permission.
French illustrator Malika Favre created her Kama Sutra art for Penguins Books for use as a book cover back in 2012.
Fast forward years later, and she has found a nearly identical piece being showcased at an art exhibition in Bulgaria’s Structura Gallery.
That’s not all. The illustration was credited to a painter named Sirak Skitnik, who passed away in 1943.
According to Favre, the painting was part of an exhibition that displayed unseen artworks done by 20th century Bulgarian artists. It seemed like the “perfect opportunity” for the gallery to introduce new work, she added.
Structura Gallery has reached out to Favre to apologize, claiming that it was cheated by “unscrupulous sellers.”
Favre wasn’t the only one whose art was seemingly ripped off and exhibited at the establishment. The works of French illustrator Quibe, known for his minimalist drawings, and a cartoonist were also found to have been misappropriated at the gallery.
A spokesperson for Structura Gallery says the company regrets being “misled,” and proposes that the fraud “open a debate on counterfeit market” in Bulgaria.
Favre then informs the company that she wishes to keep the knockoff, which she describes as “quite funny” to own.
Surreal situation in Sofia, Bulgaria where this copy of my Kama Sutra sketch from 2012 emerged as part of an exhibition titled “Modernism and Avant-Garde” and being attributed to famous Bulgarian painter Sirak Skitnik 1883-1943. Next level of plagiarism. pic.twitter.com/sCNliOSXU8— malika favre (@malikafavre) June 15, 2019
[via Metro, opening image via Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock.com]
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