Who’s the artist Henry Rogers? His French impressionist work of Paris avenue scenes appear to solely exist in on-line auctions and yard gross sales. The thriller of his identification deepens whenever you take a more in-depth take a look at his artwork, and spot that his signature adjustments from portray to portray — generally it’s spelled “Henry” and generally the French “Henri.”
For years, the one place anybody might be taught extra about Rogers was on a weblog referred to as living-in-the-past.com — a website the place one man documented his curiosities and keenness tasks, relationship again to the ’90s.
The creator of this website, Philip Lord, grew to become obsessive about gathering details about Rogers, however discovered nothing in his early on-line searches. So he began researching by analyzing dozens of Rogers’s work, a lot of them seeming to indicate the identical avenue in Paris from various views. He needed to determine if “Henry Rogers” was a lone avenue painter in Paris, or the truth is a workshop of painters educated to create similar-looking work and signal them underneath a pseudonym.
Lord gave up the search in 2011. In 2022, we picked up the puzzle, and tried just a few new avenues of inquiry. An precise Paris avenue painter, Jerome Feugueur, informed us that Rogers’s “impressions” of Paris had been imaginary. Then, we visited a lab in Cleveland, Ohio, that’s utilizing synthetic intelligence and detailed scans of work to tell apart the fingerprint of particular person artists. They recommended that Henry Rogers is the truth is a number of artists creating comparable work.
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