Van’s Signature

By Ming & Mark On August 11th, 2008

I’m not a Forensic Handwriting Expert nor will I profess to be one – but what is that professional license called? An ABFDE (the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners) Certified Professional.

I cropped out Van’s signatures from all the pictures I have (or were sent to me) that was legible. I just wanted to compare and see if there were any hint of similarities or continuity in each of the signed paintings. After seeing them – my novice eye says no but who am I to say what is what?! It is the artistic license for any painter to sign his art however he/she wants. They can differ from painting to painting.

I have notice a style of art differs from Van’s earlier work to the latter years before he died. Most of Van’s paintings dated 85 – 86 are the ones I admire the most. The paintings are much more vibrant and rich in colors. They are bright and upbeat. Therefore – I may be able to tell Van’s work from his latter years.

Anyway, here are the signatures I cropped. If you can make heads or tails out of them, please share.

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