I have what appears to be an old Robert Kuhn piece, it is stretched canvas over wood frame, stapled and nailed on to frame, problem is, I can't tell if it is an actual painting or a varnished print..does anyone know if they did the repro tyhpe prints on actual stretched canvas? It is unframed of a Jackrabbit and coyote
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I would bet it is a giclee.
A giclee print on canvas (computer printed) is not uncommon on old or new paintings.
The edge where the image ends and the canvas begins will be sharp on all four sides. Giclee canvas is bright white to best get good color.
If you see any surface texture in the "varnish layer" chances are it is a random application (to give the appearance of a painting) and does not follow brush strokes.
To add: Giclee, usually pronounced gee-clay'
If you are unfamiliar, this is a form of reproduction, more so than a print.
A high resolution photo is taken of the artwork, and from a computer, the image is sized, color adjusted and then printed onto special canvas, usually by a large, fade resistant ink, color printer.
The varnish you may see is actually just a thicker layer of heavy bodied, acrylic, clear gel applied with a brush to "simulate" paint texture.
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