If money is involved, you can be sure that there will always be Fakes, Frauds and Phonies getting in on the action.
Take a look at the images above. Do you see anything you recognize? All of these images have something in common; they are all "knock offs" of the original.
Why do you suppose that anyone would do such a thing?
There is no catagory of merchandise, product, service, or food that is not included in this fraudulent way of making money.
This is an IMMENSELY HUGE, BIG business rip-off.
It is the purposeful deception used to secure unfair or unlawful gain. It is the advertisement or sale of an IMITATION, a LIKENESS, or a COPY of something that is NOT what the seller claims it to be, and may often sell for less than what the REAL THING would cost.
It is with intent to WIN YOUR TRUST by using a RECOGNIZABLE brand or by using your trusting FAMILIARITY of something that is either POPULAR or IN DEMAND.
What does this have to do with the trade of painting you ask?