Wassily Kandinsky, Composition VII, 1913; The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.
I can't tell if the altered version below is a photo edit or a newly painted reproduction, but it's clearly very pink, and has obscured the dynamism, color, contrast and detail that are so compelling in the original Kandinsky. The photograph of Composition 7 on display comes from a Princeton University blog post written by a student who visited the Tretyakov in 2019. A separate post looks at Kandinsky, Composition X.
Altered version of a painting by Wassily Kandinsky.
Georgia O'Keeffe, White Rose With Larkspur No. 2, 1927; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
There seem to be multiple modern reproductions of this painting, some more faithful to the original than others. The one shown below is an extreme reinterpretation. I'm surprised more people aren't suspicious — the title refers to a white rose, and the rose in this reproduction is yellow, or at best very dingy. The whole picture, in fact, is freely colored with little attention to the authentic work. There are also several versions of a different, presumably earlier composition titled White Rose With Larkspur No. 1, but to date I haven't been able to locate an original source for this alleged precursor. (Additional info welcome.)
Altered version of a painting by Georgia O'Keeffe.
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Piet Mondriaan (Mondrian), Zeeland Church Tower (Church Tower at Domburg), 1911; Kunstmuseum den Haag.
It seems such a shame to change the colors on this already beautiful image of Zeeland Church Tower by Mondriaan (Mondrian). It's hard to tell if the darker, revised version below is a recently painted copy, or if it's just a digitally altered photo. The photo above, verified by other reliable sources as well, is from the Netherlands museum where the authentic painting is located.
Altered version of a painting by Piet Mondriaan.
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Nicolas de Staël, Figure on the Beach, 1952; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Dusseldorf.
The artificially brightened and color-altered reproduction below has gone so far with its changes that the artist's original concepts have nearly disappeared. A visitor who viewed the painting at an exhibit at the Museum de Fundatie (Zwolle, Netherlands) stated, The first thing one notices in this painting is its robustness, and its redness. The quality of heat forces itself towards you, and it is the color red that is particularly expressive of this. The modernized version has lost all of the work's depth, intention and intensity.
Altered version of a painting by Nicolas de Staël.
Paul Klee, Ad Parnassum, 1932; Museum of Fine Arts Bern.
This magnificent painting by Paul Klee was the featured work in a 2008 exhibition at the Zentrum Paul Klee, and is explored in detail in a 2012 video produced by the Museum of Fine Arts Bern. The painting is considered so valuable that before the museum shipped it to Zentrum Paul Klee for the exhibition, they did a test run with a different painting, to judge how much stress the painting would be subjected to during the journey. The photo above was taken from the museum's video. The altered version below, which changed all the colors for some reason, is probably a modern reproduction. It's been widely accepted as an official image despite its inaccuracies, possibly due to the fact that the museum's image is less easily accessible.
Altered version of a painting by Paul Klee.
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