Fake or Fortune? (Monet)

The programme above was the very first episode in the BBC series "Fake or Fortune?" (2011-present), where we see the question "Is it real?" posed in the context of "Who decides?" - raising interesting questions about evidence, expertise and authority. This episode focuses on the painting Bords de la Seine à Argenteuil (Banks of the Seine at Argenteuil), owned by Englishman David Joel, and regarded by him, and by a string of experts, as a work by famous French Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Can he get it accredited? 

The painting's frame provides the title (Bords de la Seine à Argenteuil) and a date (1875). Also note the signature.

The painting's frame provides the title (Bords de la Seine à Argenteuil) and a date (1875). Also note the signature.

The programme generated a lot of commentary, most of it, quite predictably, criticizing the Wildenstein Institute in Paris (see an example here). For a different perspective, have a look at art historian Gina Collia-Suzuki's blog post "In It for the Monet".