We gladly receive your emails/queries daily and while we love to communicate with the Tretchikoff Community, there are a few frequently asked questions we're asked when people get in contact with us. So for your convenience, we've put down all the answers here. If you are having a query, please have a read through the headings below to see if we can answer it without you having to go to the trouble of an email.


Is my Tretchikoff an original or is it a print?

There is a simple test you can conduct yourself to ascertain whether you have an original artwork or a reproduction of the original in your possession.


Check the texture of its surface by running your fingers over the artwork. If the piece has a smooth surface then it is a reproduction/print. If it is rough, then it is more than likely an original oil painting.
 
Tretchikoff worked in oils and had what is known as an “impasto” style of painting. At times, the paint looks as if it has been applied using a butter knife and the result is a textured raised surface. That said though, he also was known to varnish some of the reproductions to look like an original oil painting. However, if you know this and you look closely it is easy to tell the difference between a varnished reproduction and an oil painting. The varnished version will have an evenly rough surface and the oil with have an uneven rough surface.
 
If you have established that the piece is indeed a painting and not a print, this is still no guarantee that the work is a genuine Tretchikoff oil painting.  Due to his popularity, many ‘fakes’ were created by con-artists.  A good fake will be hard to tell as the con-artist will have paid attention to details such as the signature.  Being able to spot a fake ultimately comes down to experience. At this stage, the best advice would be to consult a reputable art historian or art dealer in your area. We can always recommend established companies such as Sothebys,  Christies or Bonhams. In addition, you can contact our authentications division for further assistance. 
 
One last thing to keep in mind if you are thinking of buying an original, or someone is proposing to sell you a Tretchikoff enquire about the history of the piece, known as the provenance.  Generally speaking, the owner of a Tretchikoff oil painting will know the history of the piece: how they came into possession of the piece, who the previous owner was and when the piece was painted.  Be very wary of anyone who purports to own an original but knows nothing about the work itself. It’s not very often that someone will ‘just happen to have’ a painting worth upwards of £20,000.00 lying around their attic.

What makes Tretchikoff Foundation prints different to those I could get from eBay?

Our vintage prints were produced under the artist’s personal supervision in the 1950s using the letter-press and later the lithographic printing technique.  Until recently, these were being held in his private store room.  

Only now, in the wake of his death and the resurgence of his popularity, has his family decided to release these prints to the public once again. This means the vintage prints for sale on this website, have never been owned by anyone else – genuine vintage, but not second hand. In addition, as official custodians of the artist’s imagery and representatives of the Tretchikoff family, we are the only retailers who can provide a certificate of authentication signed by the artist's daughter and grand-daughter.


Where can I find more information on my particular print?

During Tretchikoff’s lifetime, virtually no academic research or scholarly assessment was conducted of his work and for this reason currently there is limited information on his artistic style and work. Something we at the Foundation are actively working on is to commission academic research/assessment, so that our understanding of Tretchikoff’s artwork may be deepened. Much of which, in time will be published on this website. That said, we suggest you peruse the website, in particular the Gallery section and for further information, you can also refer to the following: 


How do I have my original Tretchikoff oil painting evaluated?

Part of the services the Tretchikoff Foundation offers is to authenticate and evaluate your original Tretchikoff. You receive a document outlining what was considered in the authentication process as well as the findings and an evaluation certificate based on current market value. If you have an original that you would wish to have authenticated and evaluated please click through to our authentications page and contact authentications@vladimirtretchikoff.com for further information.


How much is my print worth?
Prints are valued according to the following number of variables that will affect every print's individual value:
 
  1. The print's condition: how faded is the print and is it tattered or torn anywhere?  Fading may account for differentiation in colour between your print and the colours of the prints on our site. Colours tend to yellow with age and will also not fade uni-formerly, so a blue might look green, purples might look blue, yellows may appear green etc.
 
  2. Whether or not it is in its original frame: Collectors much prefer prints in their original frames, so if it has been reframed it will be less valuable.
 
  3. Subject Matter: The Oriental Series (Chinese Girl, Miss Wong, Lady of the Orient) and other iconic images such as Lost Orchid, Dying Swan and the Weeping Rose are more sought after and hence more valuable than other prints.
 
  4. Rarity: Certain prints are more rare than others and therefore more desirable to collectors. For example, the Beatnik Girl and Penny Whistler's are highly collectable and very sought after, so will command higher prices. 
 
  5. Signed prints: Prints signed by the artist will be more valuable than unsigned prints, but the signature would need to be authenticated or verified by an art expert.
NB: Tretchikoff’s hand signature differs from his artist's signature on his original oil works.
 
  6. Price range: it varies widely depending on these factors – our prints retail between forty and fifty pounds. However, the value of a print will ultimately be determined by the market, or how much the individual buyer desires that particular print.

I'm doing some research on Tretchikoff. Does the Foundation have a library that I can use or scholars I can consult?

 

During Tretchikoff’s lifetime, virtually no academic research or scholarly assessment was conducted of his work and for this reason currently there is limited information on his artistic style and work. Something we at the Foundation are actively working on is to commission academic research/assessment, so that our understanding of Tretchikoff’s artwork may be deepened. Much of which in time will be published on this website. That said, we suggest you peruse the website, in particular the Gallery section and for further information, you can also refer to the following: 


Can the public see art works by Tretchikoff that the Foundation currently owns?

No. The Foundation does not have a public exhibition space. The majority of Tretchikoff’s artworks are in private collection. There are two works namely the Sunflowers and Malay Princess in the Sanlam Collection in South Africa, curated by Stefan Hundt. That said, provided the sponsorship is in place, it is the intention of the Foundation to organize exhibitions of original work in different part of the world. Please keep an eye out on the exhibitions page for announcements of up-coming shows hopefully in a city near you.


I'd like to use Tretchikoff imagery in an advertisement or in other commercial ways such as licensing merchandise. How can I do this?

Please email your request to Ari Lazarus, the Foundation's Licensing Director at ari@vladimirtretchikoff.com


I'd like to reproduce several paintings by Tretchikoff in a book that I'm writing. Can you tell me how I can get permission to do this?

 The Tretchikoff Foundation controls the copyright to Tretchikoff's artworks, regardless of who owns specific works of art. Anyone wishing to reproduce Tretchikoff's  work in a newspaper, book or research paper  should contact Natasha at natasha@vladimirtretchikoff.com 


Can I buy Tretchikoff-related merchandise from the Foundation?

Yes, there are a few merchandise items for sale a long side the vintage prints and this year the range will grow. Please view our gift shop and to be notified of when there is new merchandise in the gift shop, please subscribe to our newsletter.

For further help, you may address your query to: info@vladimirtretchikoff.com.

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