It turns out Donald Trump's Renoir painting is a fake

Mimi Launder
Thursday 19 October 2017 11:45
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Donald Trump may hate fake news, but he seems to have a fondness for counterfeit art.

French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Two Sisters (On The Terrace) has hung in the Art Institute of Chicago since 1933.

But Trump thinks the experts are wrong. Fake views.

The President believes it is he who owns the real deal.

Maybe he just knows real art and real deals when he sees them - after all, this man (and his ghostwriter) is behind best-selling book The Art of the Deal.

But Trump's claims often fall apart when you take basically any other opinion into consideration.

For example, Trump biographer Tim O'Brien spotted a suspiciously familiar painting of two young girls that on Trump's jet.

​In a Vanity Fair podcast, O'Brien described battling through Trump's protest to inform him that it was not actually an original Renoir.

He said:

Donald, it's not.

I grew up in Chicago, that Renoir is called Two Sisters On the Terrace.

And it's hanging on a wall at the Art Institute of Chicago.

He concluded:

That's not an original.

The next day, as if the conversation had never happened, Trump pointed to the original painting and said:

You know, that's an original Renoir.

Understandably, O'Brien dropped the conversation.

If the painting sold for the same value it sold for in 1933, accounting for inflation, the piece would currently be on the market for $1,898,607.69.

A tall order even for Trump.

Here is the (original) version in Chicago.

Amanda Hicks, spokesperson for the Art Institute, maintains their painting is real.​

Though the story is undoubtedly hilarious, it's also a bizarre insight into his psyche.

O'Brien reminded Vanity Fair:

He believes his own lies in a way that lasts for decades.

He'll tell the same stories time and time again, regardless of whether or not the facts are right in front of his face. 

HT Daily Mail, Vanity Fair

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