Scroll down to read Thomas Whitehead's
written authentication of Clementine Hunter's "Canasta Players"



Canasta Players by Clementine Hunter
ca. Late 1950s - ca. Early 1960s
Oil on Upson Board
24" x 16"
Condition: Flawless

Authentication


CLEMENTINE HUNTER'S PAINTINGS DON'T HAVE TO HAVE SMUDGES TO BE AUTHENTIC
In fact, most of them don't. These kind of smudges are rare, dating back to the time Clementine actually held the paintings in her hands while painting. Soon after, she began propping them up againt the back of a chair or other stable object. And she never used an easel. These later paintings can only be authenticated by visual inspection by an expert with a vast knowledge of her techniques, like Thomas Whitehead.




Complete view of back of "CanastaPlayers" showing paint smudges where Clementine held the painting in her hands while painting. Image shows smudges on upper left side of painting.
 



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Close-up of paint smudges on back of "Canasta Players" where Clementine held the painting in her hands while painting. Image shows smudges on upper left side of painting.    

Clementine never
used an easel,
even when
she painted
pictures of
herself
painting!

At left, in
the oldest
image of
them all,
Clementine
was still doing it
her way.