French art gallery discovers more than half its paintings are fake

The shock discovery is made after an art historian notices buildings shown in the paintings were erected after the artist’s death.

An art gallery dedicated to the work of Catalan artist Etienne Terrus – a close friend of Henri Matisse – has discovered more than half of its paintings are fake.

French media reported that the state-owned museum in Elne in the south of France could have spent as much as €160,000 (£140,000) on the forgeries over a 20-year period.

Staff at the museum were unaware of the fakes until art historian Eric Forcada flagged his suspicions several months ago.

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