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How to Tell a Print from a Painting

Posted by Mark Lurie on

For an amateur art enthusiast, telling the difference between a print and a painting can be difficult, especially when the work is under glass and masquerading as a watercolor, or is a high-tech “textured” print meant to fool us with an application of convincing faux-brushstrokes. Possibly the simplest way to tell a print from a painting is this preliminary question: Does the work bear a label indicating that the original hangs in a museum or other private collection? Does it seem “too good to be true?” If it’s by a famous artist and you’ve seen images of the work before,...

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